Friday, July 19, 2013


(going through the unfinished posts again)

a dear friend posted pictures of her silk-dyed eggs on facebook and i fell in love.  after i told her so, and she read my blog post about eggy art in years past, she kindly invited us over to do our own.  (if you are wondering why i would create more things i would then have to pack up and ship to virginia, i planned that part well.  these would go into one of my countless well-organized holiday bins, in which i still had some space.)

if memory serves, you first take raw eggs (the fresh ones from her own backyard chickens worked extremely well for this project; the extra ones i bought from the grocery store were much less satisfactory) and blow out the insides.  yes, it actually is pretty easy.  a little gooey, but nothing you can't wipe off.  save said insides for later to scramble or bake with.  i'm thinking quiche. 

first, poke a hole on each end of the egg with a pushpin or other like device.  make the hole at the larger end a bit larger.

next, break the yolk inside with a wooden skewer or similar instrument

after a thorough rinsing, the blown eggs can be dried out by putting them into the microwave for a few seconds.

the next crucial elements are the fabrics.  they need to be silk.  no polyester blends here - the color won't transfer.  these ties, provided by my friend, were acquired inexpensively at thrift stores.  scarves and old blouses are also good sources.

wrap each egg in a silk fabric of your choice with the printed side facing the egg, taking care to place the folds and overlaps carefully according to how you would like the patterns to appear.  it makes a difference where you fasten them, too.  you may want to consider how you will be displaying them - on their sides or ends.  the section where you place the rubber band or twist-tie will have a different effect than will the areas of smooth contact.

fasten securely with rubber bands and cut off extra fabric.
wrap and securely fasten each egg again in plain white cotton fabric.  scraps from old sheets or tablecloths are fine.

now, boil the double-wrapped eggs, all together in one pot is fine, along with several tablespoons of vinegar.  the vinegar is important here - it breaks down the eggshell enough to allow the color to adhere.  no vinegar and you'll end up with color that rinses or rubs off easily, like what happened to my purple-cabbage eggs.  twenty minutes of simmering should do the trick.

after removing them from the hot water, let them cool, for goodness' sake!  remember, these are hollowed eggs, not whole ones, and they'll contain plenty of hot water that will burn you if you don't wait!

here's a perfect example of how what you see on the fabric can have a completely unexpected effect on the egg itself.  the brown of the eggshell is a nice contrast, i think.  diana was not impressed.

i think these turned out quite nicely, don't you?  they'll be egg-cellent additions to our other preserved pieces of ovoid art.

i did not forget about coloring eggs at home, though, because of my thoughts about the experience.

ander preferred to provide the base coat colors with spoons

diana was more than willing to get her hands dirty

we were all pleased to see the results of our work, transforming this:

 to this:

this is so much fun.  why do i wait until springtime to do this?

1 comment:

  1. Those turned out beautifully! Great photo documentation ; ) We have to try this sometime