Monday, August 2, 2010

Clay Eggs

One thing I always loved to make are clay eggs.  I think it is because they are so easy to make, even when you are nine months pregnant.  =)
So you want to start off with a hollowed out egg.  If you never have blown out an egg before it is easy.  Just take a needle and poke it on one end then poke a larger hold on the other end.  Then blown in the smaller hole really hard and the yoke should come out.  You can make a paper egg and it will work too (I'll put up how to do that later).  Once you have your egg and it is dry, then you cut think slices from your can and gently press onto the egg.  If you press to hard your egg might break....this happened to me on my purple one.  =(   *sniffles*
Cover your egg and try to get the slices as close to each other as possible.  This will let them distort less later.  The smaller the cane the easier it is to do this, though I like the look of the bigger ones better.  If you have gaps, fill them in with clay.
Then you want to roll it around in your and or on your surface and try to make sure everything is covered and you don't see any egg.  The smoother you get it now, the less sanding you have to do later.  Your cane might distort a bit at this stage. 
Once it is all covered and you have smoothed it out, you want to insert your eye hook.  It is much easier to add it in before you bake it.  Actually, you can put the hook in first and then start adding the canes around it.  This way you can use the hole where you blew out the egg.  I just forget to do this all the time.
Then bake according to your clay's directions.  I like to sand and then glaze to make it all nice and shiny, but I still have to do that part.  Then you can add some string and hang them!

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