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on: April 18, 2019 07:48:39 AM 
Started by EriChanHime, Message by EriChanHime
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Last night I had a random crafting bug, and remembered I had 2-3 dozen blown egg shells from a couple years ago that I had never done anything with! A couple web searches for things I could do with items I already had around my house and this won.

I used this tutorial: https://happyhooligans.ca/tie-dye-easter-eggs-sharpies-alcohol/

Even not quite knowing what I was doing yielded very attractive results, and I plan to get more Sharpies today so I can make more colors. Also, I decided to use my Dremel to make a pretty pattern on the one I made for my parents (again, something I bought the diamond dust bits for at least 2 years ago, but never did).

**A couple notes about Dremel-ing egg shells: 1. Wear a mask of some kind; that dust is very breathable; 2. Buy the right bits; the ones from the hardware store will not cut it for this kind of project - the cracked egg that I used for my tests is the result of a normal bit from a couple years ago**

on: April 19, 2019 05:51:32 AM 
Started by EriChanHime, Message by EriChanHime
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Thank you! I was delighted how they came out. I also finished putting together the egg ornament for my parents. Metallic embroidery floss and beads for a hanging loop.

Patraw, I found that with the diamond dust bit (not expensive, but something you have to buy online or at a specialty store), if I put the Dremel to between the 6 and 8 speed settings, and make sure the tip (the one I selected looks like a very skinny cone, point side down) meets the egg at a 90 degree angle, it worked fine. It only jumped around once, and that was because my angle was weird. You hold the tip against the egg for a moment and then begin applying more pressure slowly until it breaks through. The bigger the hole you want, the further you insert the bit into the shell.

I've seen pictures of those amazingly carved eggs, and watched some videos, and I remember two main takeaways. First, I think they are often using goose eggs, which are larger and have much sturdier shells than the grocery store chicken eggs I was using. Second, many of them are using rotary tools, but they aren't Dremels; in the few info videos I watched, they were using either specialty rotary tools or in at least one case, modified dentist drills. I think in order to get results like theirs, I would need to buy higher quality bits and stronger eggs. But these tools worked nicely for the level of project I was wanting to create. Smiley
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