Step 1: Poke some seed beads or rice into the egg using the blow holes. Condition the scrap clay and roll out a medium thick sheet using the pasta machine. Cover the egg with a sheet of scrap clay. Take darts in the clay to remove excess. Blend the seams together to get an even covering of clay over the egg.
- One blown out egg
- Glass sead beads, or uncooked rice
- Pasta machine
- Scrap clay
- 1 block of Premo Gold
- 1/4 block of Premo Blue Pearl
- 1/2 block of Premo Copper
- Needle tool
- Tissue blade
- Clay gun with 7-hole spaghetti disk
- Clay gun pusher
- Wet/dry sandpaper in 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 1500 grit
- Old soft toothbrush
- Soft paintbrush or sponge paint applicator
- Future acrylic floor finish
Step 2: Blend 1/4 block of Blue pearl clay with 1/2 block of Gold. Blend until you have a nice green pearl color. Condition your Copper clay, and the other 1/2 block of Gold. Roll each color into a log about the diameter of your clay gun. Cut off 1/8th inch slices from each log of color.
Step 3: Stack your slices of clay into a log about the length of your clay gun. Roll and compress this stacked log to remove air bubbles.
Step 4: Load your striped log into your clay gun and extrude long strands of clay using your clay gun pusher. Slice off your strands and get ready to filigree!
Step 5: Coil strands of clay in your fingers, and apply to the egg (below left). Surround the coils with additional strands of clay (below right). Handle your egg gently, so you don't mush any of the filigree that has already been applied.
Step 6: Fill in any left over spaces with balls of your scrap filigree clay. Poke indentations into these balls of clay with your needle tool (below left). Randomly apply a coin edge to some of your strands with your needle tool (below right).
Step 7: Bake at the manufacturer's recommended time and temperature. You can stop now and enjoy your egg as it is. Here is how it looks without sanding.
Step 8: Or you can sand your egg, and really bring out the colors in your filigree. Start with 400 grit, and slowly work your way up to 1500 grit. Do not oversand! You don't want to loose all the detail on your egg! Under running water, use toothbrush to remove any clay particles that have settled into the grooves of your filigree. Allow to dry, and apply one or two coats of Future.
Closeup of the Filigree Egg
"Thanks to Nan Roche and Donna Kato for all the
inspiration they give me." - Kellie