Gilded Eggs How-To
Quail and chicken eggs are made into shimmering ornaments.
Photography: Christopher Baker
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2001
Poke a pin into each end of an eggshell, and gently blow out contents. Paint shell with water-based sizing; allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes. While sizing is still tacky, use a soft artist's brush to paint on mica powder, holding egg over container to catch excess. (Always wear a dust mask when working with mica powder.)
Place a rubber band around middle of shell as a guide, and use a small, pointed brush dipped in off-white latex enamel paint to apply designs. Glue foil-paper trim and beads on each end of egg. Affix beads with model cement. Thread gold cord through top bead to hang.