I start to wax the initial lattice lines that remain "unbroken" with a fine kitska. Also, I wax the outline of each border, and the 1/4" border gets a nice wavy stem line for vine work that will come later.
After the egg has rested, it is time to unwax. I use an old cookie sheet that has been deemed for just this use, a paper coffee carrier and I line it with paper towels to soak up the melting wax. I rub a little olive oil over the entire shell to aid the wax in slipping off the nooks and crannies of the etched egg. I put the whole sheet into a cold oven, and turn it on to 175 degrees F. I walk away, and come back in about 15 minutes. I gently wipe off the excess wax with toilet paper (softer than abrasive paper towels). I return it to the oven one more time for another 5 minutes, take it out, and remove wax until no longer feels sticky.
Here is the other side of the egg with the set of double rings and ribbon. But...we are not quite finished with this egg. It was suggested by my daughter that I should have some sort of subtle finish on the egg that gave it a rich feel without taking away from the simplicity of the etched design itself. She had thought that a pearl luster would be just the thing. In the end, I had to agree with her, and we settled on the pearl...bear with me a few more frames...
I hope you've enjoyed the trials, tribulations and the final process of this egg. I think it's finally time to celebrate, throw the garter and cut the cake!