Fantasy Dragon Eggs
Before start to make these fantasy dragon eggs, you will need:
- aluminum foil
- air-dry clay (for art projects, my favourite air-dry clay is La Doll Premier; for quick crafts with kids, Crayola Air Dry clay is an economical alternative)
- liquid watercolours/food colouring
- acrylic beads, jewels and stones; seashells, beach glass and rocks; anything else that might embellish a dragon’s egg
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Step 1: Prepare Your Clay
Using watercolours is the best method to get a big tub of natural clay. On the picture below you can see how the clay looked before and after. However, you can also sculpt with whatever colour you’ve got and paint the surface once the clay is dry. We added more colour at that stage, too.
Step 2: make the base
Roll up egg shaped aluminum foil to create a base. There are two reasons to start with the basics: it saves clay and, most importantly, creates a solid core. Without it, it will be difficult to keep the egg from changing its shape when you begin to push beads and stones into it. In addition, if you want to make an unexpected egg and let the recipient “pull out” it to find a miniature toy dragon or something similar inside, wrap the gift in aluminum foil at this stage.
Step 3: Cover the base with clay
Start building a layer of clay. It should be at least 1/2 inch deep so that you have enough depth to push the beads into the clay. Roll it up in a circle, then wrap an aluminum egg in it. Cover opening last.
Clay drying in air usually takes about 24 hours, more or less depending on the humidity of the environment and the thickness of the layer, so you do not need to hurry. But if you start to feel that it is getting too dry, you can add water to the surface. If you need to pause, put your work and the remaining clay in a bag with a zipper with a few drops of water. You can also use a water brush to smooth the surface when doing the final touches.
Step 4: Insert Beads, Jewelry, etc.
Collect beads, jewels, shells and other items that you are going to use for decoration. In addition to acrylic beads, we used beach glass and seashells. After all, there may be different types of fantastic creatures with eggs – a sea dragon or a mermaid. Imitation pearl strings are also well suited for our eggs.
If you press the beads and shells deep enough into the clay, it will stick and remain until the clay dries. Anselm was three years old when we made eggs, and he had no problems sticking these stones right inside.
When it came to making eggs with shells, some of them were too big to stick. No problem – instead, we used them as stamps and added texture to the clay.
Step 5: Allow the eggs to dry.
Usually 24 hours is enough. If you forget about yourself longer, this is not a problem. They can be made at this point. Here is how we did it.
Step 6 (optional): underline the texture with additional paint
As I mentioned at the beginning, you can also work with clay when it comes out of the bag, and add color at the end. We smeared our clay, but wanted to add more textures with watercolor. We tried different strokes, but my favorite was the texture created by applying a clay surface with a brush tip to create an uneven polka dot look.