Marbleized Clay Eggs
- Sculpey Oven-bake Polymer Clay (Polyform Products) in five colors of choice
- Optional: Sculpey Glaze (Polyform Products)
- Needle or strong pin
- Wet/dry sandpapers in 400, 600, 800 and 1000-grit
- Buffing cloth
- Acrylic brayer
- 1. Poke small hole in both ends of egg, making hole in bottom of egg slightly larger than top hole. Blow yolk out of egg into bowl. (Note: Mix yolk around inside with needle first for easier removal.) Carefully rinse egg with water and blow out any excess yolk. Let egg dry overnight or place in a low temperature oven for 15 minutes to completely dry.
- 2. Roll each clay color into nickel-size balls. Use complementary colors along with a pearlized color and one translucent for added depth. Roll each color into 6”-long thin snake. Put snakes together and twist so it resembles a candy cane with all colors swirling together. Roll twisted snake a bit then fold in half and twist again. Roll until smooth. Flatten snake with fingers until it is approximately 1/4” thick. Cut into small pieces. Apply pieces to egg in a random fashion so it is marble-like. Try to spread pieces evenly and press all seams together so they don’t show. Cover both holes but when finished poke a hole in bottom so air can escape while baking. Smooth surface as much as possible to avoid heavy sanding later.
- 3. Bake at 275°F for approximately 15 minutes depending on thickness of clay. Let cool. Sand egg with wet/dry sandpaper. Fill a small bowl with water and a drop of dish soap and dip egg and sandpaper in repeatedly while sanding. Start with 400-grit and work up. Sand carefully. Rinse egg and buff with a cloth. Apply Sculpey Glaze for extra shine, if desired.
by Phoebe Doehring for Polyform Products