Saturday, March 31, 2012
Strength and Form
This is how I cover eggs. It take only a small amount of clay. If your are going to spend a lot of time covering and detailing an egg it makes sense to strength it with a thin layer of clay first. I am using a sheet of clay that has a mokumegane pattern but plain clay will work just as well. Millefiori work some times breaks up when you stretch it sideways so it us not a good first choice. So – Here we go –
How to Cover and Egg
1. Your will need a thin sheet of polymer clay #7 on my Atlas (.75mm), LPC (liquid polymer clay). a brush for LPC, a tissue blade, small cutter, a pointed blade and a blown egg.
2. Coat the egg shell with LCP.
3. Cut a strip of your prepared clay slightly longer then the length of the egg and three times it’s width.
4. Wrap the sheet of clay around the egg.
5. If the sheet is a little short a gentle tug will sometimes fill the gap.
6. If there is an overlap trim it off the extra.
7. Pull the clay around the top curves of the egg.
8. Gather the ends up by pinching and pushing the clay together.
9. Smooth that ridges that have formed with a knitting needle or other round object.
10. Trim off the extra clay at the egg’s ends with the pointed blade.
11. Use a small cutter to cut away the rough ends.
12. Use the pointed blade to tidy the area.
13. Use the same little cutter from #11 to cut a perfect patches from your remaining clay sheet.
14. Apply the patches to the ends of the egg.
15. Smooth the join between the body of the egg and the patch.
16. Prick a small hole in the end to the egg to let the air escape when the egg is baked.
I cook my eggs at 280 degrees Fahrenheit (137. 8 degrees Celsius) for 40 minutes. When the egg is cooked and cooled it can take quit a bit of abuse without breaking.