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Project

Dripped-On Eggs

Introduction

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.

Materials

  • Pin
  • Bowl
  • Egg blowing tool or rubber ear-syringe
  • Eggs
  • Food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Brush applicator
  • Rubber cement
  • Bamboo skewer

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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.

  4. Step 4

    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.

  5. Step 5

    Gently rub the glue off the egg with your fingers to yield a "dripped" appearance, being careful not to crack the egg.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (10)

  • 25 Mar, 2010

    Since the egg is already blown out, you wouldn't be eating it anyway, unless you like the shells.

  • 25 Mar, 2010

    rubber cement is toxic, i wouldn't recommend eating these eggs.

  • 23 Mar, 2010

    You can get a similar effect on hard boiled eggs by using rubber bands. Put the rubber bands on a hard boiled egg - put it in the dye. Take a few rubber bands off and put it in another color. You get a similiar effect. Another fun thing but it gets the kids dizzy is dye an egg then take something small like a toothpick and pick up the food color from the container drip the color on an egg and then have the kids blow the drip in all directions - it is a odd looking egg -

  • 23 Mar, 2010

    You can get a similar effect on hard boiled eggs by using rubber bands. Put the rubber bands on a hard boiled egg - put it in the dye. Take a few rubber bands off and put it in another color. You get a similiar effect. Another fun thing but it gets the kids dizzy is dye an egg then take something small like a toothpick and pick up the food color from the container drip the color on an egg and then have the kids blow the drip in all directions - it is a odd looking egg -

  • 23 Mar, 2010

    This technique looks,(from the photo) a lot like what we used to do back when we were kids. We used a white crayon or a thin candle and drew either messy designs like the ones above, then dipped in the dye,dried, and scraped the crayon/wax off. Or you can use the same media to make formal designs and follow through with the dying,drying,scraping! Then you can eat the hardboiled egg safely!

  • 23 Mar, 2010

    This technique looks,(from the photo) a lot like what we used to do back when we were kids. We used a white crayon or a thin candle and drew either messy designs like the ones above, then dipped in the dye,dried, and scraped the crayon/wax off. Or you can use the same media to make formal designs and follow through with the dying,drying,scraping! Then you can eat the hardboiled egg safely!

  • 23 Mar, 2010

    I like it, but I have to do the hard-boiled eggs, so I guess this is a no-go. I assume it's because of the fumes/chemicals getting into the eggs? Is there anything else we could use that would be safe?

  • 23 Mar, 2010

    You can also use a low heat glue/craft gun to drizzle the glue on, peels off really well too.
    The smells from the rubber cement can set off allergy and asthma attacks.

  • 21 Mar, 2010

    You can also use rubber cement with the 'drawn drop" technique used in Poland to paint Easter eggs. Drop a little blob of rubber cement on the egg, and use the head of a pin to drag or 'draw' it out into a teardrop shape. group tiny drops on a white egg for flower petals, along a graceful S-curve. Dye egg yellow, pat dry. Add more and slightly larger flowers. Dye egg light green, pat dry. Make larger drops into leaves, dye the egg deep green. Rub off the rubber cement with your thumb.

  • 1 Jul, 2008

    Awesome! Can't wait to try this at Ostara! Thanks Martha!