Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 2, 2014

String Egg on Balloon

Been meaning to try this for awhile, despite seeing so many attempts with bad results, esp. on Pinstrosity.  So I decided to give it a whirl one day.  I first used a smaller thread size because when I was a kid, I had one of these string eggs and it was made with fine string.  I decided to use Mod Podge for one and starch for the other.

First I was entertaining myself with the static electricity.


OK down to business.  I spread Mod Podge on the balloon and started winding the string.  This was exceedingly messy and a pain in the ass.

Then I used the string and sprayed the starch as I went along.  This, too, was extremely messy and by the time I was ready for them to dry, there was glue and starch everywhere.  

They took all day and night to dry and when I let the air out of the balloon, both 'eggs' were total fails.  The Mod Podge one on the left had clear, dried glue in all the spaces between the threads.  The starched one on the right was extremely fragile and just didn't hold up at all.

So then I tried it again, this time using Elmers glue mixed with a little water and placing the yarn bits in it before wrapping around the balloon.  This was also extremely messy.

Took all day to dry again, but it's much sturdier than the first ones I tried.  

Not a total fail, but I also wouldn't do this again.  It's just way too messy.

19 comments:

  1. I was getting all excited to see how the string eggs came out, the whole time thinking, "wow I want to try that", even with the mess.... until I saw the end result!! Lol! Maybe string eggs isn't for us!

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    1. I would just purchase whatever string eggs you see in store Easter displays! This is just too much of a messy pain.

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  2. Hi JoJo,
    It might be a messy craft but I really like the
    outcome!!! Very cute. You do come across those
    sorts of crafts that you do once and don't do again,
    but atleast you tried it.
    Cheers, Anita.

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    1. Thank you Anita! Except I don't know what to do with this now that it's done. lol I hate the thought of throwing it away but I also have no use for it!.

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  3. Bravo JoJo! You have more patience than I could ever have. The string eggs are kind of cool even if they were a pain in the ass.

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    1. Thanks! Well at least I can say I tried it. I'll try anything craft-related once.

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  4. It may have been messy, but it certainly worked!!

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    1. Yeah I guess it did, and maybe with more practice and actual yarn it might go better. I'm just not willing to invest that kind of time in it again. lol

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  5. I'm a big admirer of your ingenuity. It almost looks like a light and airy breakfast.

    Take care, JoJo.

    Gary

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    1. Well....I wouldn't eat it if I were you! lol

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  6. I love your experiment. Makes me to do and see. I loved it.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by my blog too! :)

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  7. Loving your experimenting :) My friend trie dto make such balls for new year decor, they looked pretty fine, she used an Indian glue Fevicol with water. It also left that thin layer between threads. May be you can remove it somehow... I shall make some Easter things this year, I never decorated Easter here in India.
    Happy creating!

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    1. Thanks! Like I said, maybe with better string or yarn and glue it would come out better but I'm not willing to find out anymore. I don't decorate for Easter but I do enjoy egg themed crafts.

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    2. May be,.. I myself haven't tried yet, hope to find time.
      Well, after commenting I understood that Easter is far away anyways, so this project mustn't have been for this cause. To tell the truth, I celebrate it more for that happy and colorful ritual of coloring eggs :) It reminds me of childhood!

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  8. It ended up looking good. But I'm with you, messy isn't my thing either!

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    1. Ya know, I made one of those hollowed out sugar eggs last year (with the scene inside and frosting designs) and that was less of a pain than this was.

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  9. I seem to recall a craft project like this from my youth, I believe we covered the gallon in a "release agent" may have been butter or Crisco, today I'd spray with Pam. We soaked our string in a cornstarch and water mixture before wrapping the balloon. Then we hung them by the tied end to dry. Then popped the balloon and removed.

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  10. This was something on my "Gotta Try" list - think I'll scratch it off the my list now. If it was messy for you, I cannot imagine how it would be for me as I am a total klutz when it comes to anything sticky, gooey or gluey.

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