Marbleized Clay Eggs


Materials

  • Eggs
  • Sculpey Oven-bake Polymer Clay (Polyform Products) in five colors of choice

Tools

  • Optional: Sculpey Glaze (Polyform Products)
  • Needle or strong pin
  • Wet/dry sandpapers in 400, 600, 800 and 1000-grit
  • Buffing cloth
  • Bowl
  • Oven
  • Acrylic brayer

Directions

  • 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

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