This item is a real ostrich egg measuring about 5in tall and 6in wide (egg only). When on display on its stand, the whole thing measures 7.5intall and 8.5in wide. This egg was first painted blue on the inside to help give it a 3-D look as with a blue sky; glitter was sprinkled over the wet paint to give it a night-time starry look.. Once the paint was dry, I was able to insert the figurines in with lots of naturals around it to give the manger scene that finished look. I then used lots of sphagnum moss here and there to accent the top and bottom of the egg; leaving parts of the egg in its natural state prior to the decorating. The egg is permanently glued to the burlwood piece, which is also permanently glued to the flat piece of walnut. All of the wood is then covered with sphagnum moss with more figurines placed in different spots.
This beautiful collectible would make a wonderful birthday, Mother's Day, anniversary or Christmas gift! It is a OOAK because I have made no others exactly like it nor were any molds made from it! The design is also mine! It is best to place this display in an area that is free from sunlight and up away from children and animals....such as a mantle, dresser, curio cabinet or bookshelf! Also, because glue is involved in this design, keep it away from heat sources (including overhead return vents from your heater)! Remember, this collectible item is still an egg and should be treated as such! It CAN break if dropped or knocked over! And because it is an egg, it has to be wrapped in bubble wrap and completely surrounded by styrofoam peanuts inside a large shipping box. ANY egg HAS TO travel via Priority Mail...regardless of how big or small!! This assures delivery in the fastest possible time at a reasonable cost! Insurance is also included...a MUST against loss or damage!!
I combine shipping on multiple purchases when I can. This item would not be eligible for combined shipping since it needs to go in a large flat-rate box wrapped in tissue paper & bubble wrap by itself encased in a bed of packing peanuts! I refund any shipping costs that I don't need. I pay for insurance and file all paperwork IF there is a need for it (customer gets a full refund after packing material and broken object is taken to their post office to be turned in). NOT for shipping outside the U.S.
EGG DISCLAIMER: This was an abandoned, non-fertile egg to start with from free-range birds! It was then sterilized after being blown. The eggs were not raised for this purpose nor were any birds harmed in the process of collecting this egg. This is just a way for me to use something that was left for Nature to take care of!