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Topic: (re) Easter egg tutorial--smoothing, blowing, various ways to do  (Read 743 times)
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« on: April 01, 2011 09:50:48 AM »

kiera-oona posted a link to her video tutorial for covering eggs with polymer clay in the Completed Projects board:
I responded with some info on various ways to blow out eggs more easily and to smooth them...here's all of that:

. . . When I blow out eggs for clay, I use a cheapie egg blower I finally bought.  But before that, I had just used a bendable straw--just couldn't take all that direct hard blowing  Shocked.
There are other things that can be used too (bulb syringes, etc)--they're all listed on my Eggs page if anyone wants to save their cheeks and ear canals!
(...On that page there are also all kinds of ways to do clay coverings and patterns on eggs, and also to cover them partly then soak out the eggshell with vinegar, to use some brands of plastic or papier mache or wood eggs, etc).

. . . Smoothing the raw clay covering can be a hassle too when applying the bits directly onto the egg, but in addition to or instead of sanding, various "smoothing" methods can be used--employing rollers, sheets of thin paper, palms, (wet) powders like cornstarch even water (but not with Fimos or Cernit) and also Vaseline/Diluent/etc (that may mess up the surface visually but that thin top layer can be lightly sanded away after baking), etc.  
There's more info on some of the methods on the Sanding page as well:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm > Smoothing Before Sanding

Diane B.
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