My Easter egg is a dyed goose egg, the chocolate one is already gone!!!!
This egg started life as a goose egg. It has been blown to remove the contents, which make very good fruit cakes, and washed in cold water to clean it out.
The egg is then wrapped in onion skins and tied around with cotton to secure the skins and form a 'tie dyed' type pattern. Once wrapped it was then put in a pan of water and boiled for a couple of hours, onion skins are an amazing natural dye.
When the egg has cooled you can remove all the skins and gently wash off any bits. This one has been varnished to protect it. The tiny hole at the top is covered with a small jewellery finding, as is the larger hole at the bottom. There is a small tassel hanging from the bottom using the same embroidery cottons as the hanging thread loop at the top.
The stand was made by my Dad from a small piece of wood and some brass tube that he bent into shape. Mum and I used to make lots of cut and decorated eggs a few years ago, it's been good to get back to one of my favourite techniques like dyeing them. I've just done my weekly shop and come home with a bag full of red onion skins so tonight I shall be blowing hen's eggs and making cake ready to dye the shells tomorrow, I've run out of goose eggs.
This is something that can be done with young children, just make sure that the eggs are cold again before you let them unmask their masterpiece. If they come out rather plain don't worry, all is not lost, you can scratch a picture on the shell rather like you would one of those foil scrapper pictures. Spray varnish would be good for these too, a little thread loop on the top and a small tree branch to hang them on in a pot on the window sill. Not quite Faberge but still very pretty.
I would like to enter my egg in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs
Anything But A Card - Spring
DL Art Thankful Thursday Challenge - Easter
DL Art April Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge - Anything Goes