I I have finally put the egg basket project together! I hope you find this lesson useful..
Its a goose egg, I marked a handle and cut it out, painted the edges with gold paint, and worried for ages over how to decorate it ! I wanted a basket weave effect, so ! first tried gold braid woven in situ- nope, that didnt work-it was too fiddly..so I thought about beading..seed beads didnt look so good- tricuts were better but getting the basket weave was still a hassle..getting deadline desperation now- soI had a chat to EggyAnnie on her Wednesday night chat-by then I was thinking about using cake decorating techniques with glue- its wonderful how brainstorming with Annie Pattie and Alice set the braincells soaring- The lightbulb went on yesterday (Thursday) why not try mastic (paste made with bicab soda Cornflour and water)LOL this one of my favourite pastes for making roses. So out with the saucepan and ingrediants and in a few minutes I had a lovely ball of paste to play with!
I learned a long time ago how to roll out paste with an even thickness, using a tile, some credit cards and a roller. so I set it up last night and started work!
I rolled strips first and glued them around the side edges and across the handle. I then used a tiny 6 mm wide piece of plastic card to mark out the basket weave design. I continued to paste and mark the paste as I added it around the egg and left it overnight to dry..
I then drybrushed gold paint over the design to highlight the weave.
I filled the basket with some gold tinsel and then added some real chocolate mini eggs!
I will convert this egg into a picnic basket after the holidays and maybe add a stand-although it sits very well without one.
I hope you have a go with this paste- I was delighted with the effect!
Recipe for the paste~
1/4 cup of cornflour , Bicarb soda and water. put into a saucepan and heat- stirring all the time until it forms a ball. Remove from the heat and cover with a damp cloth until its cool enough to handle. knead well until its smooth and pliable. keep in an airtight bag.
This paste dries very quickly no need to fire or bake. colour can be added while working with it (making a figure or flower etc) or in this case after it is glued in position (PVA tacky glue is fine)I will add progressive pics of the egg now..cheers Dot