How to create a Dragon Egg

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Own your very own Dragon egg, creatures rarely seen and its eggs are even rarer, beautiful and more majestic than the dragon itself. Some say its the egg that creates the dragons need to surround itself with treasure.

Equipment needed

Things you will need to create your Dragon egg are as follows:

1) you will need an egg to start, either one that has already been blown out or do it yourself (this will be covered later). chicken, duck or small eggs are good to start.

2) Any type of air drying clay can be used as well as a polymer clay which has to be fired/heated to dry. I used air drying clay so this is what my instructions will be based on.

3) You will also need some basic clay tools such as a clay knife (kitchen knife will do just as good)

4) cling film, glass of water, masking tape and a rolling pin.

5) Anything that will make a repetitive shape if you want to create scales (i used the lid of a mechanical pencil to create a circular pattern) its optional.

6) beads to create that extravagant treasure look. any type and size is fine (mine range from 1mm to 8mm)

7) Paint and PVA glue to give it a unique and glossy look

To blow the egg:

To blow an egg requires an amount of gentleness, firmness and patience, what you will need is as follows:

sand paper
pin
small plastic syringe (no needle)
bowl
cocktail stick
note: its easier to blow a chicken egg to begin with if you are looking for something bigger, order it online as i did with the ostrich eggs.

setting up and blowing your egg

1) Setting up

to begin clear a relatively large area of anything you dont want to get covered in clay, paint or water.

take your cling film and masking tape and place the cling film over the table and tape it down to prevent it moving while your working. this will keep the table clean.

place a bowl, a small glass of water (and the equipment needed to blow the egg if necessary) next to where you will be working.

2) Blowing the egg

take your sand paper and place it flat,now take the egg and on both top and bottom of the egg rub it along the sand paper applying a firm but gentle pressure. until a white patch begins to appear.

keep rubbing slowly checking often for something similar to a dark wet patch almost appears.

now take your pin and gently pierce one edo of the egg and any shell still there until you get through to the sack and pierce this as well. keep breaking around your initial hole until you can insert the end of the syringe into the hole.

now do the same to the other side and this will allow air to be drawn in one end as the inside of the egg is drawn out through the other.

Take the cocktail stick and insert it into one of the holes and stir it around to break the yoke. at this point you will want to keep the egg over the bowl beside you as the egg will begin to run out.

to speed this up take the syringe and pull the plunger out fully, place it at one of the holes and push air inside the egg, this will push it out the other side.

to finish give the egg a wash in luke warm water under a tap to remove all of the yoke. place one finger over a hole to block it and allow some water to gather in the egg.

remove the egg from the water and cover the other hole, shake the egg to dislodge anything left inside. do this twice to ensure it is clean.

dry the egg off and you are ready to create your dragon egg

Creating your Dragon Egg

Take a medium ball of clay and using the rolling pin covered in cling film roll it out until it is about 3mm thick or until it looks like a thickish skin. fold it over and do the same again, do this 10 times as this reduces the chances of the clay cracking as it drys. keep adding small amounts of water to prevent the clay drying out.

Roll it out to an even thickness until it can be wrapped around the middle of the egg and comes together again. slightly wet your fingers and thumb to allow you to press and massage the edges together smoothly, this also prevents the clay drying out too quickly as you work with it.

cover one of the holes over at the top of the egg but leave the other exposed as this will prevent trapped air creating a bubble and allow the clay to dry evenly all over

it wont be perfect and you may have to cut and place pieces of clay onto the egg to fill gaps (as i did ).

while the clay is still workable you can create scales if you want.

if you are using small beads make sure they are pressed firmly into the clay to prevent them popping out when the clay is dried. Bigger beads can be removed after the clay has dried and secured back in place with PVA glue

Drying the clay:

when drying the clay you must take care not to dry it too quickly as this will cause cracking, the easiest way to do this is to place a slightly damp cloth around the egg and cover it lightly with cling film and allow it to dry over 2-3 days.

If the egg cracks slightly this is nothing to worry about as the PVA glue will hold the egg together. (Also it looks like the egg is hatching) however large cracks cannot be worked with and unfortunately you will have to start again (as i had to on several occasions)

You can now paint the clay with whatever colours you wish and secure the beads back in place and painting the egg over with the PVA glue gives your egg a nice glossy finish.

Tags

Beads, Blowing Eggs, Blown Egg, Chicken Duck Ostrich Eggs, Clay, Dragons, Eggs, Fun, Nest, Paint, Water

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author avatar R0ismur
i am currently a mechanical engineering student at LYIT, i have many interests so my focuses could be anything from music to engineering to art

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Jul 2013 (#)

how wonderful this...hope you watched Game of Thrones...the dragon eggs thereon are magnificent too..

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author avatar Johnny Knox
5th Jul 2013 (#)

Great guide and a fun thing to do!

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