If you're planning on doing some polymer clay Easter egg crafts this holiday weekend, you may be wondering how to get started. Boiling eggs works for kids' crafts, but not so much for something you want to last a while! Here are three ways to prepare your eggs before covering them with polymer clay:
- The old-fashioned way. Blowing eggs out is the tried and true method. It works well and leaves just the tiniest of holes... but it can also be time-consuming and headache-inducing. Crafty Daisies has an excellent tutorial on hollowing out eggs.
- Operation: Egg. If blowing out the egg is not your thing, try operating on it. The book Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects by Jane Ann Wynn recommends this handy method. Score the egg, then pop out the section you scored. Wynn recommends sealing it with epoxy to strengthen the egg and make it easier to work with (liquid clay should work just as well if you don't have epoxy). Bonus? This method is perfect if you want to create a diorama inside the egg. Hiding interesting things inside gives a whole new dimension to Easter egg hunting!
- Fake It. Both of those methods sound like too much work? Just use plastic eggs. It's a great way to recycle last season's mismatched egg halves. While lots of polymer clay crafters have successfully used various plastic eggs in their ovens, it's best not to assume anything. Test your plastic egg in a well-ventilated oven at clay temperatures BEFORE you invest a lot of time into covering it, just to make sure it won't melt. (Prefer not to chance it? Wooden or paper mache eggs are also options.)
Now that your eggs are prepped and ready, check out these ideas to get inspiration for your own polymer clay egg creations:
- Filigree. Filigree eggs are a classic — beautiful whether you use one color or a rainbow. Check out Starless Designs on Flickr for the rainbow filigree quail eggs pictured above and lots more fabulous filigree inspiration. (She also sells her goodies on Etsy.) You can find instructions for filigree eggs here and here.
- Sculpture. Block Party Press used her signature hand-carved stamps to sculpt this beautiful damask egg ornament. Divadea covered plastic eggs to make these nested polymer clay creatures — the smallest of which is also a shaker. (Find instructions for making your own shaker egg here.)
- Canes. Cailet's Polymer Clay Eggs include some absolutely beautiful examples of the canework that's possible with polymer clay eggs. Also check out last April's PCAGOE Egg Challenge for inspiration.
- And More. Sarajane Helm has an assortment of egg project ideas here and here. I especially like the filigree eggs where she'll filled in the blank spaces with liquid clay. MossyOwls has an assortment of polymer clay egg links, and TipNut has a collection of more general egg crafts... many of which could be tweaked to use with clay.
Here's hoping you have a "hoppy" Easter!