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Elegant engraved lace eggs

You can make these gorgeous detailed engraved lace eggs for yourself or give them as a gift. Super easy to make if you have a Dremel Multitool, you can add decoupage any image onto the eggs once you are finished to fit any occasion. You can also make unique eggs to hang on the Christmas tree.

 

I have previously engraved eggs as Christmas ornaments, and just for the fun of it. These beautiful engraved eggs are painted with a stiff paint such as glass leading, puff paint or Bostik glass deco to give them an intricate and elegant and decorative finish.

If you plan on hanging your decorative eggs, shop for jewellery making accessories that can be glued into the top opening using epoxy glue.

1. The first step in creating your decorative eggs is to draw your design onto the eggs. Do this before blowing out the eggs, so that the eggs are not as delicate. 

2. Make a hole at the top and bottom of the egg to blow out the yolk and egg white.

3. Place the egg on a soft cloth and use a Dremel engraving bit in your Dremel multitool to gently carve holes. You will notice that the holes are not too close together, which makes it easier if you are doing this for the first time.

4. Now you can start adding raised detailing using a stiff plastic or rubberised paint. I like using Bostik deco glass, which is available at most Pick 'n Pay stores, or craft and hobby shops. Place the egg on a egg holder or stand that will hold it firmly in place while you work. 

5. Work in easily accessible areas and let this dry before moving onto other areas. 

6. Continue to apply stiff paint until the entire egg is covered with your choice of raised design. 

7. Make sure the the raised design is completely dry before applying chalk paint. Chalk paint is the best paint to use because it sticks to the raised design and also adds texture. 

Paint the entire egg and the raised design with 2 to 3 coats and let each coat dry.

8. Use 120-grit sandpaper to gently buff away small amount of the raised areas. You don't want to remove too much, just enough for effect.

9. To add a design, cut out your chosen image and coat liberally with ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer. The image needs to be well soaked with sealer and brushed flat onto the surface with an artist's paintbrush. You can use the paintbrush to smooth away any air bubbles or creases.

10. Apply 4 to 5 coats of sealer, allowing each coat to dry and the cover the entire egg with 2 more coats of sealer.

 

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