Sensational Easter Eggs
Create these unique Easter eggs using Premo! Sculpey® polymer clay and your imagination!
Designed by Patti Kimle for Polyform.
- Blown, empty eggshells or wooden eggs
- Premo! Sculpey® polymer clay:
- Ultramarine Blue
- Alizarin Crimson
- Clay Blade
- Circle Cutters in Various Sizes
- Pasta Machine
- Sculpey® Acrylic Roller
- 320, 400, 600 and 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper, optional
Eggshell option - Using scrap clay or any color, roll about ¼ package to a smooth sheet at a medium thickness on a clay dedicated pasta machine or about 1/16 “ using an acrylic roller. Cut a strip about as wide as 2/3 the length of the egg from top to bottom. Wrap the strip around the egg, stretching slightly around the fullest point of the egg, and easing the strip smooth to the shell at the top and bottom. Choose the circle cutters which are the closest in size to the top and bottom spaces on the egg. Cut a circle for each end and fit it onto the egg, trimming excess or stretching gently to fit. Pierce an air hole at the end where the egg contents were removed. Blend the seams and bake.
Wooden egg option - Coat the egg surface with a thick layer of white craft glue. Allow to dry completely.
Choose a color combination for the first egg. If using alizarin crimson or ultramarine blue, mix a bit of pearl into these colors at a ratio of 4 parts color and 1 part pearl before proceeding. Create a Skinner blended sheet using 4 colors of clay: arrange the clay in triangles abutting to form a rectangle as shown. Fold this arrangement from top to bottom and run it through the pasta machine folded edge first on the thickest setting. Continue folding and rolling until the sheet is evenly blended. Do not rotate the sheet or fold in the opposite direction.
Cut the sheet horizontally into three equal portions. Stack the pieces, with the layers slightly off-set from each other to create some variety in the color layering. Fold the ends back to create a stack with even edges again.
Roll this sheet through the pasta machine again. Cut in two equal pieces and stack again. Run through the pasta machine again, and then reduce the sheet to a medium setting, about 2mm thick.
Cut strips of the sheet about 2 mm thick. Form the first strip into a spiral with the cut edges facing up. Place this spiral at the top of the egg and press gently to adhere it. Add a second strip, matching the end colors of the strips to each other, reversing direction each time. Continue coiling the strips around the egg until the egg is covered. If desired, in the wider part of the egg, use two strips parallel with each other and colors matching so that the strip and color pattern is wider. Return to single strips at the bottom of the egg, and fit the last strip in tightly coiled to fill the space. Pierce the air hole again, if using real shell.
Using the acrylic roller, roll across the surface of the egg to blend all the seams together. After the seams are blended, roll the egg firmly in the palms of your hands to smooth apparent lumps.
Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.
Optional: After the egg has cooled, sand the surface beginning with 320 grit paper until all the noticeable lumps or imperfections are smooth. Proceed with 400 grit paper, then 600 and 800. Buff the surface lightly with a cotton cloth, or polish with a buffing wheel if desired.