So off to the thrift shop I went, in search of some cheap men's ties and lucked out to get 2 with great, small patterns. They have to be 100% silk.
First you disassemble the tie. I only used the large, lower part. I saved the top part for something else I wanna try.
Because I wanted to save the dyed eggs, it was necessary to blow the yolks out. I like to carefully work an awl into the top and bottom of the egg because it's long enough to puncture the yolk sac. I was pretty lucky in that all 3 eggs didn't break apart, like I've had happen in the past.
Grody. I suppose it's wasteful to throw out the blown yolks; I could have scrambled them and made breakfast, but I didn't. When they were empty, they were rinsed and then left to drain and dry for a few hours.
Next wrap the tie fabric around the eggs, pattern-side/front-of-tie against the egg, and seal with a twistie. Again, I had to use a pretty gentle touch to keep the eggs from breaking! Because of that, I couldn't pull the fabric as tight as I would have liked.
Next, wrap some plain fabric around them. I used an old pillowcase. And more twisties.
Fill a pot with water and 1/4 cup of vinegar.
Place the eggs in and boil for 20 minutes. I knew that I was going to have a problem with the fact that they were going to float because they were empty. So I ended up using a spoon to try and keep them turning and submerged as much as possible. The eggs filled up with water a little bit, so that helped weight them down, too.
I don't have any pictures of the eggs after they were removed from the water because I was just too excited for the 'reveal'. I simply couldn't wait for them to drain and cool on their own. I burned my fingers a little bit taking the fabric off, and then I had to blow the hot water out of the eggs too. Here's the end result.
If I do this again, I will use more fabric because a lot of it didn't end up touching the egg so there's white shell showing in places. I'd also like to figure out a way to keep the hollow eggs from floating.