An egg~cellent project to celebrate Easter and welcome the spring season!
Once you try this how-to your creative possibilities are endless with how you choose to decorate your own version of this egg diorama.
Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4 in thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Take one half of your papier mache egg and dust the inside with baby powder (so the clay won’t stick) Use the Sculpey Ultra light clay and press the clay into to make an 1/8 thick mold of one of the half of the egg.
Flip the egg over and press down then trim around the egg to remove the
excess clay from your egg and place on your ceramic tile and bake as directed above. Once cooled, lightly sand your egg.
Condition the Ballerina clay and run it through the # 2 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine and layer it inside of your egg. Use your super slicer to remove the extra clay. For added detail you can stamp a flower pattern in your clay.
Condition the Magenta Pearl clay and run it through the #2 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Then drape it over the back your egg and smooth out any air bubbles. Slice the excess clay off but leave enough to fold over the edge of your egg. Don’t worry if your Magenta and Ballerina clay don’t match up because we will be framing in the window with another piece of magenta clay later.
Take your wooden knob (we picked one up that had a flat bottom and indent on the other side so the egg can sit in it) and add some Bake & Bond in the center then add some scrap clay on top. This is so your egg will bond better then placed on top. Roll out a small snake to wrap around the top of the wooden knob and blend it into the magenta egg.
With the Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #2 roll the Ballerina clay through and cover the wooden base. For added strength you might want to add some Bake & Bond to the wooden knob.
Now use your creativity and embellish your base however you like. Try adding small Magenta flowers around with gold clay dots. A wavy trim on the bottom of the base and a rope like design on top will add interest to the base.
Sculpt out of a piece of the Burnt Umber clay for the chocolate bunny. Use the Clay Tool Starter Set to create the ears, eyes and fur of your bunny.
To make the grass use Bright Green Pearl clay. Cut three sides of your rectangle shape with your slicer and one side with your rigid slice to represent the top of grass. Slice out blades of grass. Use Gold clay to make the mini eggs. Use a little Bake & Bond to attached your pieces to the inside of the egg.
Use another piece of Magenta clay and run it through the # 2 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Then use your wavy bladel to make two stripes for framing your diorama eggs window. Blend the edges into the egg.
Add any other clay details to your eggs where needed. Try using a mini flower cutter to make flowers in Bright Green Pearl for the trim around the egg opening.
Place your egg diorama on a smooth ceramic tile and bake as directed above, allow to cool.
Once cooled you can add details to your egg with 3D paint – dots, swirls etc. Glue a wax twine bow onto your bunny and add a sparkle of glitter!