- Glue E6000
- Swarovski cup chain
- Swarovski top
- Handmade bird
- Paper flowers
- Fabric Lining
- Jump rings
- Epoxy pod
It is recommended that you read these instructions carefully, twice if necessary, before you begin.
STEP 1: FIXING THE HINGE
If you have bought a kit from Egg Art, your egg is already hinged and cut. Skip this step
- Mark your egg by drawing a horizontal line, with a vertical line through it at 90° angle and cut a 4cm section on the horizontal line where you want the hinge to be fixed.
- Bend the corners of the hinge slightly and scratch the surface of the egg where the hinge will be placed. Lay the hinge in position; ensure that the hinge is exactly in line with the vertical line of the egg. Mark the holes for the pins.
- Remove the hinge and drill 0.8mm holes on the markings.
- Apply some Vaseline to the hinge-post, to prevent the glue from sticking to it.
- Mix a little Epoxy, apply some to each half of the hinge, taking care to keep it out of the hinge-post, and carefully lower the hinge onto the cut section of the egg.
- Insert the pins through the holes and allow to set thoroughly before completing the cut right around the egg.
STEP 2: PREPARE THE EGG
- Clean out the inside of the egg: Remove the skin inside and sand with wet sandpaper or steel wool. If you wet the skin inside, it rubs off easily with your thumb. If the skin is not completely removed the egg might smell later when kept closed!
- Wash with soap and water and let it dry thoroughly.
- Close the hole by mixing the epoxy cement provided. It will form a putty, that will set in about
- 5 minutes.
- Keep moulding the putty into place until it is has set.
- Sand it on the outside to a smooth finish, to blend with the shape of the egg.
- Once painted, the putty will not be visible.
STEP 3: PAINTING THE EGG
- Prepare your egg by sanding it slightly.
- Follow that with several very thin coats of your pearl finishpaint and let it dry thoroughly between the coats.
- Using a sponge will ensure an even coat without any streaks. (You may also paint 1 cm from the edge on the inside of the egg).
- Use a spray varnish to protect the paint (optional).
STEP 4: LINING THE EGG
- Cut 2 pieces of lining:
- An oval with a diameter of 25 x 35cm for the bottom half of the egg, and
- An oval with a diameter of 20 x 25cm for the top part of the egg.
- Stitch 2 rows around the edge, 5mm apart to gather in.
- Mark 2.5cm from the edge, punch a whole, 3mm big and insert the eyelet. Do this on both pieces of lining.
- Now gather in. Measure the lining after you have gathered it to fit around the edge of the egg. Cut off the fraying edge of the gathered lining, as close as possible to the stitching line.
- Glue a piece of batting into the bottom of the egg (which will be underneath the lining), to give a fluffy effect.
- Cut a piece of chain long enough (approximately 10cm) to keep the lid in place; attach a jump ring to either end of the chain. Fold chain in half and remove one link, to leave you with two pieces of chain.
- Use E6000 glue to affix the jump ring to the inside of the egg; approximately 2cm from the edge and about in the middle of the front-left quarter of the egg. Affix the jump ring on the other piece of chain to the top half of the egg in the same way.
- Insert the chain from the back of the lining through the eyelet.
- Fit the piece of lining into the one half of the egg, and use clothes pins to pin the lining in several places around the cut edge, to position before gluing.
- Use E6000, glue the edge of the lining 2-3mm from the edge of the egg, starting from the chain, going all the way around, to meet up with the chain again.
- Next, glue the braid on top of the lining, flush with the edge of the egg (over the 2-3mm space that you left open). Start in the middle-front, that way the joint will not be visible at first glance.
- Note: Make sure the braid does not project beyond the edge of the shell; otherwise the lid will not close properly.
- Line the other half of the egg following the steps above.
- Once both sides have been completed, the chain can be re-connected with the link that you removed earlier.
STEP 5: DECORATING THE OUTSIDE:
- Starting at the hinge, use a toothpick to apply a thin line of E6000 glue around the outside edge of the egg, but work in segments, to prevent the glue from drying before you are done.
- Start with the cord and carefully glue it to the outside edge of the egg. Do the same with the top part.
- Close the egg and make sure the cord is as close to the cutting edge as possible to close the gap, but not higher than the edge, or else the lid will not close properly.
- Glue the Rhinestone cup chain / string pearls in the same way as above.
- Arrange the filigrees and flowers to your liking, use the photo below as a guideline, and glue in place.
Tip: I normally use prestic first, so that I can move things around, until I’m happy with the arrangement. Glue each
flower afterwards with E6000, as you remove the prestic.
- Glue the chain of the tassel to the lid, then glue the big rose on top of it.
STEP 6: STAND AND TOP
- Prop the egg upright and use E6000 to glue the braid/filigree and Rhinestone top to the egg.
- Let dry for at least 20 minutes
- Put the stand on the table or on a higher shelf at eye-level.
- Try the egg on it so you can see exactly which parts of it actually touch the egg.
- Mark the position of the stand on the egg.
- Use E6000 and apply it to those bits of the stand you have just identified.
- Lay the egg evenly in place, using the markings as a guideline. Check it from the front, making sure that it is level. Turn it a quarter turn and check it again.
- Let it set thoroughly.
Well done! You have done an excellent job!
Tools needed (not included)
- Beading pliers & side cutter
- Needle & thread / sewing machine
- Embroidery size scissors
- Eyelet tool
- Craft knife
- Toothpicks & scrap paper
- Sponges – cut out to rest te egg on
- Sponges to paint with
- Masking tape