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Vinegar Etching with Rubber Cement 

For this project you need a strong glue like rubber cement (do not get the "one step" variety as it is too sticky) and about a gallon of vinegar (or less if you are working with chicken eggs instead of emu or rhea).  If you are working with emu eggs like we are here, it will take 4 or 5 hours to achieve results, so work on other projects while the eggs are in the vinegar bath.

Since you are able to hold the tube and "write" with the glue, we did a couple of stylized designs (see below), but you could just as easily have done abstract drips.

If you are working with a cooked egg, make sure it is dry before applying the glue.  Remember that if you are working with blown eggs, they will need to be filled with sand before putting in the vinegar bath.

Place the egg on a stand that will allow the glue to dry without getting too smudged (an egg carton will work for chicken eggs or a towel for larger eggs). Once the glue has dried, place the eggs in the vinegar bath. Check the eggs after 4 hours (sooner if working with chicken, duck or goose eggs) and scrub the egg under running water with a toothbrush, being careful not to damage the glue.  If you are pleased with the results, you can remove the glue, if not, back into the bath!

The glue will peel off with a little effort, leaving the dark eggshell design against the etched egg.

An alternative to using a vinegar bath with white eggs would be to use a dye bath.  When the glue is peeled off, it will leave the white of the eggshell shinning through where the color didn't reach.


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