Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pierced Eggs for Easter

It's not too early to start thinking about Easter decorations. And for me, that means eggs. I've created these unique beauties with my Proxxon Engraver GG 12.

To begin, I blow out the insides of the egg using a syringe. (You can also blow them out with your mouth.) Next, the emptied shells soak in a bleach bath (~2 tablespoons of household bleach/1 pint of water) for half an hour. Then, after they are rinsed well in water, they soak in a baking soda bath (~2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 pint of water) to neutralize the bleach. One last water bath, and they are put aside to dry.

I use an egg lathe to mark guidelines on the shell.

Using the guidelines, I add preliminary sketches of my design.

I use the Proxxon Engraver and different size burrs to pierce a series of holes in the egg shells to complete the design.

When I'm finished with the piercing, I buff the shells with a thin coat of coconut or olive oil. Jewelry findings are added for displaying the completed eggs.



Give it a try!! It's not as hard as you think, and you'll get impressive results.

Carole

2 comments:

Tammy Santana said...

Such a cool project! I need to get one of those tools...love it!

Barbara Moore said...

These eggs are just beautiful Carole!