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March 21, 2013

The Yolk's on You, Egghead

I had 3 PAAS egg colouring kits, so I used 3 dye tablets per bowl, mixed with vinegar and not as much water as was called for.  The green always comes out aqua, and purple has always been their problem child because it never coats evenly, which is too bad because the purple parts are beautifully rich.  I've also had trouble with the blue.  The red, orange & yellow have always been their best dyes.  (This year the orange was sacrificed for a marbelized technique that didn't work, as seen below).


I was trying some different techniques again, by staying away from the pastel colours.  This red and black one is the re-used shaving cream swirl egg. The red dye coated it beautifully; it looks painted doesn't it?  I made this with my stepdaughter in mind, so I gave it to her.  She liked it a lot. :)


This yellow one is a little blotchy because it was originally orange with melted butter swirled in the dye to try and create a marbelized pattern. It didn't work that well at all, and the butter clung to, and hardened, on the shell. When I washed it off, nearly all the orange dye went with it.  So I dunked it in yellow for awhile. Oh, and a word on dying a blown egg.  It ain't easy.  They float of course so it's extremely hard to get an even coat around the egg without constantly turning it.  I even tried weighing it down by letting the egg fill with as much of the dye water as possible to sink it. That only worked to keep it half submerged.  So then I tried to keep it down with a spoon, that also had to be weighted down because the egg popped out of the spoon very easily.  It was quite the scene in my kitchen that day....I made a humongous mess.

This was another Pinterest idea, to use round glue dots and glitter.  I had the glue dots, but for some reason I had a problem with some of the adhesive surface because the glitter would not stick to it no matter how much I dumped and pressed it in.  It's OK....not a fave but at least I can say I tried it.  It doesn't look too bad from a distance.  If you try this, have a dry craft paint brush to brush the excess off the egg.  It works way better than trying to do it with your fingers.  The glitter will stick to your fingers, not the paint brush.

The other idea I saw was to glitter the entire egg, but I didn't have enough of any colour that would have thickly coated the egg, so I used Terrifically Tacky Tape on the center with multicolour glitter, and more rhinestones.

Even more to come.

15 comments:

  1. Very pretting but I don't think I have the patience.

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  2. Wow JoJo, you've been a busy girl with the eggs. The red and black one is my fave! Very creative. :)

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  3. Wow! They almost look like Christmas ornaments. Very pretty indeed!

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  4. I'm with MJ, they'd make GREAT ornaments. You've got some patience, girlfriend. I haven't dyed eggs in years...but I do make a mean deviled egg, Thai style.

    Tina @ Life is Good
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  5. Send me the recipe, Tina. Please! Sounds like a wonderful new dish, just in time for Easter:)

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  6. Thanks everyone! :)

    I've never made deviled eggs. I wanted to try making them to look like chicks inside the white egg w/ a cap, like on Pinterest, but I have a hard time peeling an egg where it doesn't get badly damaged.

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  7. Wow, the red and black one is fantastic JoJo! You've been busy crafting all kinds of goodies.

    My Dad always brings his awesome devilled eggs to Easter dinner; and he marbleizes them just like the ones you did previously! It's a tradition now.

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  8. Pity there's no such thing as an "Easter tree" to put them on as decorations. Though I guess you could invent one.

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  9. So pretty! The red one is my favorite! Looks like fun!

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  10. Oh these are sublime!!! adore the sparklies! :)

    Hugs,

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  11. wonderful designs! I really love the red egg a lot, turned out very pretty :)

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  12. That has got to be the reddest egg I have ever seen! I love it. Great job, JoJo!!

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  13. Thanks everyone!!! :D

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  14. Eggscellent (sorry!)

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  15. Lovely job! I know they have never got the purple right in all the years I have colored eggs.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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