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Blended Filigree Egg
by Kellie Prather Robinson

EGG TIPS

From Cherol Filbee
Tip: "After having a few cracked eggs when covering with cane slices, I used plaster of paris to make an egg mould (half egg shape). The mould was used to create two half egg shapes using tinfoil, firmly compacted. I used a hammer to press the foil into the mould and then wrapped the two halves together with a layer of foil. This became my egg base to cover. The result is heavier than a blown egg which, I think, adds to its appeal. I sanded, buffed and polished to a smooth finish. I keep them in a bowl on the table and people just can't resist touching them!"

From Muriel
Tip: "I came across this wonderful tip from Sunni Bergeron. To get really smooth pc covered eggs: Apply the cane slices, smooth the cane edges and bumps with a small acrylic rod (or a pen/ pencil). Take a fairly big amount of vaseline, cover the whole egg in vaseline and roll the egg gently in your hands to smooth out any bumps. Just keep playing with the egg until you think itís smooth enough. Clean your hands and wipe of all the excess vaseline of the egg. Sometimes you might notice that some spots on the egg are a bit blurred. Donít worry, this is just the reaction of the vaseline on the clay, and after youíve sanded the egg you wonít see it anymore. After youíve wiped off the excess vaseline, bake your egg, let it cool and start sanding."

From Bernie Gutstadt
Tip: "I use wooden eggs.They come in all sizes and I dont have to go through the process of blowing out the yolks and sealing. They also give the egg some weight. Before applying clay, dry egg in oven to drive moisture from wood. Otherwise bubbling may occur from trapped moisture."

From Marcella Brooks
Tip: "Working with real egg shells can be a delicate challenge. It's not uncommon to hear of an artist putting a thumb through the shell of their egg just as the final, decorative layers of clay are attached. A simple way to strengthen the shell is to pour liquid polymer clay in through one of the holes used to blow out the egg. If the hole is large enough, a thin paint brush can paint the inside walls of the shell, otherwise, just keep turning the egg so the liquid clay can slowly cover the entire inside surface. My husband, Lance, suggested I use small strips of masking tape to seal one of the holes and allow the liquid clay to settle over that masked area to seal it off! After baking, I realized the second hole could be sealed the same way. After pouring more clay into the shell, I sealed the second hole and turned it upside down, allowing the clay to settle in this second masked off area. After another bake, another layer can be coated around the outside for additional strength and will also allow the solid clay to adhere more firmly to the shell."



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