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Another holiday and I’m wondering how to decorate… It’s last minute but can be done. The chic simplicity of white is so refreshing. This super impressive egg carving is simpler than you think. It’s my exclusive design. See it first here!
Yes, I know that waited til the last minute but sometimes ideas come to my mind when they feel like it. AND I actually tried another version of this first; the ‘real egg’ drilling kind. I went to great lengths to use a dremel and drill ever so carefully to then have one little hole crack the shell. Oy, much too delicate.
So, forget the real eggs! I remembered I had bought some fake eggs last year that claimed to dye like real ones. I had marvelled at how real they looked too, barely a noticeable seam line. I’d rather have real but sometimes practicality wins out.
How cool do these look?! And they cost less than real eggs! And they boast that they are fully recyclable. They are available online as well.
Love My Tools:
The great thing is that these tools come with a lot of different tips and the knife tip will allow cutting any plastic almost as easy as ‘cutting butter’. It is also very helpful to be able to adjust the temperature.
I tend to be in a hurry all the time, trying to get so much done. Many of the designs were just figured out as I went along. It’s up to you if you want to be exact or not. ‘Pysanky’ are very controlled and I did not want to invest that amount of time. These eggs are a matt finish so they take pencil drawing and erasing quite well.
To aid in pattern making you can use elastic bands to make divisions quite easily.
The Cutting Magic:
The nature of the knife blade makes cutting wedge-like shapes the easiest. At the end of the cut you can just ‘flick’ the piece out. If it sticks to the blade have something handy to wipe it on. If the plastic is getting too soft and ‘stringy turn the heat down a bit. I use the medium hot (3/4 of max) setting.
Only a small bit of the blade actually goes onto the shell since it is quite thin. That allows some nice curves to be cut as well. I found it easier to turn the egg than the knife at times.
The egg is quite sturdy even when much matter is cut away. There are so many options of designs and also the possibly of images. Patterns can be inspired by lace or graphic design or anything… (hmm, just thought of a few more ideas)
The Embossing Secret:
Well, if that was not enough… I also wanted to have some look of embossing. My mother used to say I always designed everything, ‘could not leave well enough lone’.
There are some nationalities who take egg decorating quite seriously. As well as using special wax to emboss with. I tried a few different waxes, but I wanted something that was readily available. The good-old crayola crayon worked the best.
A metal spoon suspended over a tea light is just perfect. Adjust the height to prevent burning or turn away for a bit.
The Special Tool:
There are special tools available but I did not have the time to wait. Soooo, I just stuck a pin into the eraser end of the pencil. Holds well and can be dismantled afterward.
Dip & touch, dip & touch… Perfect little dimples that harder right away. How perfect is that!?
Designs can be quite simple as the repetition makes any shape a pattern.
I like some relief from colour as my life can be hectic. White will always look fresh and serene! But, imagine some teal paint after cutting and then white embossing… Hmmm.
Keep the decor easy. Go grab that brown paper (from the packing of all those online purchases) and run it through the pasta machine – instant pretty Easter Grass!!! Not that awful coloured stuff. Perfect!
And guess what; these eggs will last til next year and onwards. I just won’t want to put them away.
I’ll have to give some away to warrant me making some more; as it was just too much fun. Happy Easter and keep making…