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Project

Metallic Eggs

Materials

  • Varying shades of gold leaf (Tip: Imitation gold leaf is less expensive. You may want to consider using the imitation leaf while learning the technique.
  • Small paint brushes
  • Eggs
  • Gilding size adhesive
  • Gilder's paintbrush

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    At a crafts store, buy gold leaf in various shades (you'll need three or four gold sheets per egg). Blow out eggs. Working in a draft-free room and using a small brush, paint blown-out eggs with size, an adhesive material, and let dry on drying rack according to manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Step 2

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    Wearing cotton gloves, rub a thin gilder's tip brush on your hair to create static, and lift one gold sheet from the packet. Drape it over egg coated with size, and smooth with your fingers. Repeat until egg is covered. Go over egg with a soft, clean natural paintbrush to even out the texture and brush off any extra flakes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Reviews (12)

  • Maeve42 13 Mar, 2011

    I would think that you could get a similar result, and in less time, using spray paint in different jewel tones. I've seen some truly beautiful ones in the spray paint section of Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart recently! Just a thought! :)

  • vikinglady 9 Mar, 2011

    For paper mache egg, I only used 1 sheet (vs 3 sheets) of the ready leaf gold stick and peel paper and it was the same cost as the regular gold sheet. I did seal them also (2.99 brush on sealer) I am so happy with these. THANK YOU

  • vikinglady 9 Mar, 2011

    I did these with the paper mache eggs from Michaels. I used Art Minds Ready Leaf Gold on stick and peel paper. I sized the egg with liquid size (2.99 a bottle vs 7.99 for spray can) I did 3 coats on the egg since is absorbed. The gold leaf is on paper so I could press it on the egg by wrapping and pressing it. It probably would crush a real egg so you would need to use Martha's regular ultra delicate regular sheet gold. It took less then 5 minutes total work time, look the same and won't break.

  • vikinglady 7 Mar, 2011

    These are stunning. Our 6year old has (contact and eating) egg allergies so decorating real eggs is out. I am going to try this with the paper mache eggs from the craft store. Thank you

  • vikinglady 7 Mar, 2011

    These are stunning. Our 6year old has (contact and eating) egg allergies so decorating real eggs is out. I am going to try this with the paper mache eggs from the craft store. Thank you

  • melgarza 8 Apr, 2009

    This is absolutely gorgeous. Wouldn't it be beautiful in silver and mint green, too?

  • Sissy 4 Apr, 2009

    It says to use an adhesive called "size".

  • summercielo 3 Apr, 2009

    So when it says apply an adhesive material can that be anything, white or carpenters glue?

  • Sissy 2 Apr, 2009

    These are SO beautiful! This project gave me ideas for obtaining similar looks quickly using other materials---thanks again, MSL!!!

  • PennyErvin 25 Mar, 2009

    These look great, going to have to give these a try

  • LilMizPiper 1 Jul, 2008

    Wow! You know what this reminds me of? That story with the goose that lays the golden egg. Another good idea for Ostara! Thank you!

  • JackiG 13 Mar, 2008

    These are beautiful...I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the idea! ~Jacki