Make an Easter egg decoration using an egg shell and polymer clay.
Age: 12 and up
Time scale: 3 out of 5
Shake a raw egg to try to break the yolk. Rinse under warm soapy water and dry.
Use a needle to poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg shell.
Blow the egg out. If you can't get it out, make the holes slightly larger and try again. If you still haven't managed to get the egg out, you may have bad lungs. Try a month of cardio and see if they improve. The egg may be rotten by this time so you will have to start from the very beginning, with a fresh egg.
If you still are having no luck, ask someone else to do it for you. (After all, you aren't getting any younger.) Maybe, someone that is usually full of a lot of hot air can put it to good use? After you figure out that predicament, you are all ready to go! FINALLY!
Rinse the egg under warm running water.
Add some dish soap.
Shake the egg around and blow the water out.
Set aside to dry. Make sure it is completely clean and dry.
Mix up a 1/4 pkg. of translucent clay with a pea sized piece of medium blue clay.
Mix another 1/4 of the pkg. of translucent with a small piece of medium green.
Now do the same with the yellow and fucshia.
Run the clay through the pasta machine, working your way down gradually to about a #3 setting.
Slice into small pieces, using the clay slicer. Make various triangle and rectangle type shapes in various sizes. Keep them all quite small, about 1/4 inch wide or so.
Do this with all four of the colors.
Start applying them, randomly all over the egg shell. Leave an 1/8 inch space between. Poke a small hole through the clay where the top hole is in the egg shell.
After this is all covered, roll a black piece of clay into a very thin snake shape. Put the black clay pieces into the space, between the shapes. Smooth down. Be careful not to smudge the black clay into the colored clay.
If there are places that aren't quite smooth or show fingerprints, you can smooth them out with a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab.
Set the easter egg decoration on a piece of cotton, on a baking pan to prevent flat spots, when it is cooking.
Bake in a toaster oven for approximately 30 minutes. Check to see what the instructions say for the brand of clay that you are using. Different clays have different baking times.
After cooling you can use a fine grit wet/dry sandpaper and soapy water if there are still spots that aren't quite smooth.
Wipe off any dust.
Glue a jewelry finding or bead on top of the Easter egg decoration.
Loop a piece of gold thread through the center hole of the finding and tie a knot.
Use a small paint brush to apply a couple coats of future floor wax to make the egg shine.
Hang to dry.
This should now have a stained glass look to it.
There are many different designs that you can make, not just this one. Use millefiori canes, marbled clay, extruded snakes, dots, a stamped design or even a slightly raised up flower to add dimension. Have fun making your very own.
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