Rubber cement is often used to create eye-catching crafts, but the supple adherent is rarely thought of as an ornamental element in itself. Style editor Tom Tamborello proves how versatile the glue can be by using it as the decorative foundation for a batch of beautifully embellished Easter eggs.
Keep in mind that rubber cement contains dangerous solvents, should only be used in well-ventilated areas, and should always be kept out of children's reach.
- Egg blowing tool or rubber ear-syringe
- Food coloring
- White vinegar
- Brush applicator
- Rubber cement
- Bamboo skewer
Only use blown-out (as opposed to hard-boiled) eggs for this project. To blow them yourself, pierce one end of a raw egg with a pin, working over a bowl. Pierce the other end, and use the pin to enlarge the hole slightly and break the yolk. Blow out the insides using an egg-blowing tool or a rubber ear-syringe (available at pharmacies), forcing the contents of the egg out through the larger hole into the bowl. Do not let the liquid touch the shell. Rinse, and let dry.
Mix 3 cups of water, about 20 drops of food coloring, and about 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a container (Tom uses blue, red, and yellow). Each dye should be enough to color about 24 eggs.
Using a bamboo skewer to hold the egg, dip it in the container of dye. Let dry for 30 minutes. Repeat the entire process, applying another layer of rubber cement and letting it dry, then applying another layer of dye and letting it dry.
Using the brush applicator attached to the rubber cement's lid, drizzle rubber cement onto an eggshell in the desired pattern. According to Tom, the cement has a "mind of its own," so don't try too hard to make a specific design. Let sit until it's dry to the touch, about 30 minutes.
Gently rub the glue off the egg with your fingers to yield a "dripped" appearance, being careful not to crack the egg.