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The Potentials of Eggshells .

Updated on June 17, 2013
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Having known its important uses, I never underestimate eggshells. I use eggshells mostly for my compost project and my other experiments. My interest in eggshells grew stronger when I found that eggshells have more functions, benefits and even help people achieve very good living.

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Calcium source for human body.

Eggshell is naturally very rich in calcium content in the form of calcite and is the best source for natural calcium. Calcium from eggshells is easy to be absorbed by our body and also contains various microelements like magnesium, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, sulphur, silicon, zinc, etc. which the presence is very needed.

Calcium is also found abundantly in human body for bone and teeth development so that its presence must be maintained. The deficiency of calcium in one's body will cause bone crisp and it's difficult to be cured if one suffers from broken bones. This fact shows a relation between eggshells and human need for calcium which can be gained in a very economical way from eggshells.

Many companies also see this as a business opportunity and produce calcium supplement extracted from eggshells.

We don't have to depend on commercial calcium to suffice the need of calcium since we can prepare it by ourselves.

A medium size eggshell can make 750-800 mgs of absorable calcium or around one teaspoon. To maintain the sufficiency of calcium in our body we need around 400 mgs or a half teaspoon in addition to calcium which we get from food including from fruits and vegetables.


The benefits of eggshells for plants .

Seedlings : Place a half eggshell in a pot or an egg carton. Put the seed you want to grow in the eggshell and cover with some amount of soil. Keep the soil in the eggshell damp and get some direct sun. The eggshell will provide good nutrition for the seedling to grow into healthy plant.

Gardening: Crush some eggshells with your hand and mix them with the soil near the plants you grow. The eggshells will provide good nutrient for the plants to help them grow very well.



Natural Abrasive.

Eggshells has another function as natural abrasive for your household drains. Crush some eggshells into small fragments. Put some fragments in the sink basket and let some flow into the drain. Sharp surface and calcium content of the eggshell will give soft abrasive effects to small particles like hair, food left over, grease which potentially cause clogging.

Eggshells for coffee lovers:

Some powder of ground eggshells which is put into your coffee will make it more enjoyable too. Crush some eggshells finely then put it in the coffee dip while brewing it.

The addition of eggshells will minimize the acid in the coffee which means coffee won't cause any problem for coffee drinkers with sensitive stomach.

Adding eggshell powder in the coffee making will also help sink the coffee residue. According to some coffee drinker experiences adding some eggshell powder to coffee while being brewed in a metal pot will cause coffee grounds to settle more easily besides giving additional sensation in the coffee taste.


Versatile uses for crafting :

If you love crafting, eggshells can give variety of uses for beautiful as well as economically potential crafts. Here are some examples in craft world where eggshells play very important roles and give precious added value.

Some results of my experiments in recycling and using eggshells.
Some results of my experiments in recycling and using eggshells. | Source

My experiments in using eggshells :

I'm really a newbie in using eggshells for craft. I tried this technique due to my curiosity how beautiful can eggshells make when we apply them in a creation. Here is one of them.

Dwiyono.
Dwiyono.

Dwiyono's Success with Eggshells.

This is an inspiring story in eggshell art. A civil engineer graduate named Dwiyono started his interest in eggshell craft when he accidentally walk on a piece of eggshell in his kitchen. He noticed that the shell had beautiful color and texture which triggered his art skill to use eggshells in his china designs.

The combination of artistic china designs with exotic patterns of eggshell that he applies on his creations has got a lot of interest from art enthusiasts, collectors, and businessmen from local as well as foreign markets. Dwiyono's long efforts and hard work in using eggshells has given him success. About 70% of his products is absorbed by foreign markets, while the rest is for local market.

Dwiyono is not the one who keeps his knowledge for his own only. He also gives trainings to young people so that they can have his skills and have opportunity to follow his success. Those skilled youths now have their own business and become his partners too in the time of peak orders.

Dwiyono devotes his life in eggshell crafts. He exports 3-4 containers of eggshell crafts every month to various countries in the world. After his long efforts and hard work, now he leads a happy life running his eggshell business.

Cahyudi Susanto and his creations made of eggshells in the background.
Cahyudi Susanto and his creations made of eggshells in the background. | Source

Cahyudi Wiyanto, capturing famous figures in eggshells :

This is about a man named Cahyudi Susanto who makes a good living from eggshell arts. Eggshells have improved the quality of his life by earning income that he'd never expected. You can see some of his creations here.

Cahyudi Wiyanto is another person who makes a living from eggshells. His creations captures various famous figures, local and international, and other kinds of arts using eggshells.


Many public figures and celebrities have their images been captured in eggshells by him including Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of RI, Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Soekarno, Michael Jackson and many more.

He also receives a lot of orders from common people and he usually needs around one month to finish one order.

The President's image in eggshells by Cahyudi Wiyanto.
The President's image in eggshells by Cahyudi Wiyanto. | Source

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @FlourishAnyway :

      Yes, those people are very talented and they earn very good income from eggshells. Thank you very much for reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      The egg shell art was especially beautiful. I had no idea people actually use egg shells these ways.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Peggy W.

      Hi Peggy, I always like to make good use of eggshells for its varied benefits and we use it for ornaments it gives extraordinary results too. Thank you very much for your kindness reading and commenting this hub.

      @Angelo52.

      Yes, that's what I only did but now I can use eggshells for various benefits. Thank you for reading this hub and for your comments too.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Good information. Most of my eggshells go to feed my potted plants. I just dry them, crush them, and sprinkle them around the plants.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Agus,

      I had totally forgotten about using eggshells to neutralize the acid in coffee. Like you, most of our eggshells end up being used in our compost pile and then the garden. Never thought of actually using them to make our own calcium supplements. The eggshell art is beautiful. Thanks for this useful and interesting hub. Voted that way and will also share.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Nell Rose, thank you for your appreciation encouraging comments. Yes, I like to explore crafting using waste, including eggshells.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      How amazing, I would never have thought you could use eggshells like this, and the pictures are amazing.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @girishpuri:

      Thank you for your visit and giving comments.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Some new addition to my knowledge about eggshells, thank you. God bless.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Vinaya Ghimire:

      Thank you for dropping by and reading. Yes, I like to explore using eggshells ground in my coffee too.

      @acaetnna:

      Yes, I have the same annoyed feeling with eggshell when I find it in my breakfast but I realize it gives a lot of benefits when I use it for other purposes. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Completely fascinating information, thank you. I must admit I hate getting egg shell in my egg sandwiches for instance. May be I need to grind the shells very finely if I am going to try to eat them!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Native healers in my country use egg shells for medicine purpose. But I did not know it can be used with coffee, I will love to try this.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Just_Rodney:

      I really appreciate your tips on how we can make calcium drink by ourselves from eggshells. That would be very nice and useful, and I'd like to try that. Thank you very much too for reading my hub.

      @Forlanda : Thank you for dropping by.

      @Visionandfocus:

      I'm very happy that you find this hub useful. Your comments really encourage me to write more useful hubs and I really hope that I can write hubs with the topic you suggest.

      Thank you very much for reading and enjoying my hub.

      @tirelesstraveler:

      Thank you for reading. I've used most of eggshells for making compost too besides for other activities and the texture of eggshells really create extraordinary looks .

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      We eat lots of eggs and the shells all go into the garden, you have given me some new ideas.

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      Wow, I had no idea eggshells have so many uses. It's very useful to know about how they can reduce the acid content of coffee, for instance, as so many people drink coffee and it really is very unhealthy, as it acidifies the body. However, I'm most taken by your beautiful handicraft made from eggshells. I love crafts and I must say yours look absolutely beautiful. It would be wonderful if you could create a hub on crafting using eggshells. Let me know if you do.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up, beautiful, interesting and awesome!

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      Juancho Forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

      Interesting! I've never heard some of these. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rodney Fagan 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great hub, the art portrait in particuler.

      A side ways thought, as I usually think in cullinary channels or paths, next time you make an egg nog, or even omlette, check that the egg/s are fresh. Wash the egg and place in blender or liquidiser to really grind up the shells, strain and then add milk.

      This would then add calcuim to the your daily diet!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @livingsta: I'm so glad to have your comments. Thank you for reading, commenting and voting up.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was interesting information. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and sharing!