Diy: Making Polymer Clay Eggs

Follow these easy instructions for making beautiful and unique polymer clay eggs. You can make a professional looking egg using these ideas, tips, and suggestions.

Polymer clay can be transformed into amazingly beautiful works of art. If you like to work with polymer clay, you should try making a unique decorative egg. You will be amazed at the professional looking results you will achieve by following these easy craft project instructions.

To make a beautifully detailed polymer clay egg, you will need 4 different shades of polymer clay in a color of your choice, a raw egg, a bowl, a long needle, a piece of batting, a baking sheet, fine sandpaper, thick craft glue, a knife, talcum powder, and a paintbrush. Although a pasta machine and extruder is not required, having these tools will make this project much easier, and the finished piece will be much more neat and professional looking. If you do not have a pasta machine, a small rolling pin will be sufficient.

Begin this project by making a hole in one end of a raw egg with a long sharp needle. Make a larger hole in the other end of the egg. The hole will need to be large enough to blow out the contents of the egg. Stick the needle as far as possible into the egg in order to break the yolk. Breaking the yolk is necessary before attempting to blow out the contents of egg. After breaking the egg yolk, hold the egg over a bowl, and use your mouth to blow the contents of the egg out through the largest hole. Keep blowing until the egg is empty.

It's important to dry the interior of the egg before applying the polymer clay, so heat your oven to a temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a piece of batting on a baking sheet, set the egg on the batting, and bake the egg for approximately 45 minutes. The egg should now be thoroughly dry inside. Remove the baking sheet, and allow the egg to cool.

Choose 4 different shades of polymer clay, and condition the clay by kneading it by hand, or run it through a pasta machine several times. Roll each shade of polymer clay into the shape of a snake. Line up the "snakes" side-by-side, and use a knife to cut them into 16 pieces of equal size. Make 4 sticks of clay containing the 4 different shades by pressing the ends together. Roll them by hand to form 4 new "snakes". Cut the rolls in half, and run them through a pasta machine to blend them, or use a small rolling pin.

The next step is to paint a layer of craft glue on the egg. The glue will help the polymer clay stick to the surface of the egg. The glue will become tacky as it starts to dry, making it easy for the clay to adhere to the egg. Set the glue-covered egg on a small cup while you move on to the next step.

Now it's time to begin making very narrow rolls of clay. You can either roll the clay by hand or press it through an extruder. An extruder will make this process much easier, and you will end up with much neater looking designs for the egg. Extrude or roll long strands of polymer clay. The strands should be about 3 times as thick as spaghetti, and about the same length.

Coat your fingertips with talcum powder to avoid making fingerprints on the designs, and roll the strands of clay into small pinwheels. Stick the pinwheels to the glue-covered egg. Fill in the areas between the pinwheels with strands of polymer clay. Make sure to completely cover the egg in a geometric fashion.

After the egg is totally covered with polymer clay, place it on a piece of batting on a baking sheet. Bake the polymer clay egg according to package directions. Let the egg cool completely before handling.

Now you can sand the egg lightly with fine-grit sandpaper, and polish it with a soft rag. This will give your finished polymer egg a brilliant glass-like shine.

Display the egg on a matching egg stand, or place it in a clear glass bowl with other polymer eggs. Your finished project will look like an expensive designer egg. Everyone will be amazed that you did it yourself!

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