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Vinegar & Candle Wax Eggs

This project can be done with any egg but we are showing emu eggs because it's easier to photograph.  

This project should be done under adult supervision, and since it takes 5 hours or more to achieve results, other egg decorating projects can be done while the eggs are soaking.  

Start with a clean blown egg which you have filled with sand and plug the hole with wax.

Vinegar2.jpg (30659 bytes)Vinegar3.jpg (38532 bytes)Drip candle wax directly onto the egg you are working with, it will cool and adhere almost instantly.  You can do abstract designs or try drawing a rough design with the wax.

Some of our "waxed" eggs waiting for the vinegar bath.

Vinegar9a.jpg (10542 bytes)Soaking eggs.   Every hour you will need to roll the eggs over so the bath will reach all areas.  If you are working with goose, duck or chicken eggs, you will  need to check more often, but for emu eggs, remove the eggs after about 4 hours and scrub them lightly with a toothbrush under running water.  If you are satisfied with the results, leave them out - if not - put them back into the vinegar bath for another hour or two.   Remember that emu eggs, particularly those that are "bumpy" may not be the same thickness all over the egg in the different layers of color.  Do not leave the eggs unattended overnight as the vinegar will eat all the way through and you will have nothing left but a pile of sand.

After you have finished with the vinegar bath, place the eggs in a pan in a warm oven to melt the wax.  Do not leave the eggs unattended in the oven!

Vinegara.jpg (15478 bytes)Vinegarb.jpg (18154 bytes)This egg was simply dripped with wax.  The wax made an interesting design and "ran" down the sides.  We did a similar design on the other side for an interesting basket style egg which will add texture to a basket of eggs.

You can achieve some unusual designs with simple candle wax and vinegar, but another idea is to use dye instead of vinegar when working with white eggs such as chicken, duck, goose, rhea or ostrich eggs.    

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