The Golden Egg

Hello and welcome to my first post. I look forward to blogging about all sorts of crafts in your general direction!

Shiny

Shiny

With Easter here, there was no way to avoid all sorts of lovely egg inspiration. Know what I mean?

For this first project I wanted to do a golden egg, like the ones that are always popping up on articles about saving money and planning for retirement. (Examples here and here).

I confess I didn’t take the advice yet, but I do like the pretty eggs.

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It’s an easy project. You will need golden craft paint, brushes, a bead reamer, and of course an egg.

Bead reamer, egg, Venetian Gold craft paint

Bead reamer, egg, Venetian Gold craft paint

Step 1. Drill the Egg
First part is to get a perfect egg shell. Obviously, we do not want to paint a raw egg straight out of the carton. Eggs don’t spoil nearly as easily as people think (one summer I left eggs for an entire month in my campground food locker in Yosemite, and they were still good), but eventually it will happen.

Some people decorate hardboiled eggs and then eat them. This is certainly an option, but I wanted something which will last for a while.

This is where you will use your bead reamer. Mine is a very cheap one I got at a craft store in NYC for approximately five bucks. It works.

Hold the egg very firmly (don’t be afraid to break it!) and press hard with the tip of the reamer. Start twisting back and forth. Sometimes it takes a while to get that first notch, so go harder than you think you need to.

Making that first puncture in the egg

Making that first puncture in the egg

After a while the hole starts to form

After a while the hole starts to form

Final hole size

Final hole size

You will need to very carefully drill two holes in the egg. Two because one will be the hole you blow into, the other is the hole where the egg’s contents comes out.

Step 2. Empty the Egg

Over a bowl, place your lips on one hole and blow. This step is surprisingly hard, and you will have to expel a LOT of air, with force. I imagine this is probably what playing the trumpet feels like.

There are lumpy parts inside an egg, and you might have to pull those out with your fingers.

Pull on that goopy bit and help it come out! Shaking won't do anything.

Pull on that goopy bit and help it come out! Shaking won’t do anything.

Be careful not to swallow any raw egg if you’re worried about salmonella.

Eventually it will all come out, including the yolk, and you will make an omelet later. Shake your empty egg shell over the sink to ensure it is ENTIRELY free of liquid inside, and let it dry for a bit.

(Bonus: It feels REALLY WEIRD to pick up an empty egg shell because it looks exactly like an egg, but very significantly lighter. Enjoy the cognitive dissonance!)

Step 3. Paint

The most self-explanatory, and also the most satisfying part. I use cheap Artist’s Loft brand paint brushes. No need to use good brushes on this! You will likely need to apply more than one coat.

Cheap brush set

Cheap brush set

I find that using an egg carton makes my life about a million times easier. It frees both hands and lets the egg dry between coats. Drying thoroughly between coats prevents messy streaks. I ended up doing 3 coats.

Painting the first coat

Painting the first coat

Drying on an egg carton

Drying on an egg carton

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I can put this towards my retirement

 

Step 4. Finishing Your Egg

At this point you can be done, and display the egg in an Easter basket or in a bird’s nest. Happy Easter!

Alternatively, you can use a piece of wire to string through the egg and make loops at both ends. This lets you hang the egg from a ribbon and dangle a bead from the bottom.

Here’s how I did it:

Cut a length of wire about 2 inches longer than the egg.

Round nose pliers, craft wire (about 4 inches)

Round nose pliers, craft wire (about 4 inches)

Using round-nosed pliers, make a loop at one end- this will be your ribbon attachment loop. Wrap the wire around itself two times and cut off. If you don’t know how to do this, there are pretty good instructions here. String a ribbon through the top loop and make a pretty bow.

Now push the tip of the wire through the pointy end of the egg and out the wide end.

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Make a second loop at the wide end, but don’t close it yet.

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Take a dangle bead and string it through the loop. Now you can close it!

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Now you can hang the egg by the ribbon, and the dangle bead will add an unusual element.

Finished egg!

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