This was my thing. My perfect spring-timey type Thing!
So of course I jumped right in (like I always do). No plan. No plan at all.
I’ve never even made a blown egg before people, but I was going to rock this!
So I called my Dad and asked to borrow his Dremel. He has every imaginable tool in the world.
He has to have a Dremel. Right?
Of course he did. One given to him by one of his uncles when dad helped him move ages and ages ago.
It’s probably twice my age, and it’s been rusting in the barn for years, but he had one. And I kid you not.
Ant only had to hammer on it (yes, with a hammer) for 5 minutes before he was able to change the bit.
“Was that the right bit for the job?” you ask. Who knows?
There were only 3 in the box and the other 2 were for sanding. I’m working with what I’ve got!
Eggshells left over from breakfast…check
A general idea of what the heck I’m doing…uhhh…check?
I practiced a little on some eggshell pieces just trying to get a sense of what exactly I’d be able to pull off.
It turns out that drilling just a single hole is pretty easy, but once you try to get all fancy with the flowers and
hearts, things start to get a little dicey. Who needs more practice though? Lets get to the good stuff!
After my first try with the dremel, I got the brain wave that dying the inside of the egg so that
a color would show through the holes would be the most awesome thing in the world!
I had an egg that was pink on the inside and still white on the outside. Score!
I totally crushed it! No. I mean literally. I crushed it.
But you get the idea right? It would have looked awesome!
After all the casualties, I did end up with one decent looking egg.
It still has a teeny tiny crack in the bottom, but I’m giving it to my Gramma anyway.
Cuz’ Grammas have to love imperfect presents from their grandkids. It’s a rule.
Of course I went and did some research after I had already made my mess, and it turns out eggs like these
are called pysanky. A special stylus is used to draw a pattern on the eggs with melted wax. Then the wax can
be left as the decoration, or used as a dye resist and removed (like batik fabric). Some of the designs can be
extremely intricate like these amazing examples by Ukrainian Easter Eggs or these at Eggs by Kathy.
My favorites though are these lovelies by EggstrArt. The tiny carved details just make them look even
more delicate and “lace like”. And awesomeness of awesomeness, she even sells the wax she uses,
and special decorating kits to help you get started. Sure wish I had known about those before!
Maybe once I have the proper equipment it won’t be quite so difficult.
What about you? Have you made anything lately that you were less than prepared for?
How did it turn out? Unpreparedness seems to be a common thing around our house.