FIMO DIY TUTORIAL: EASTER EGGS

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If you are thinking that these are real eggs, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but they are made from wood. My family is small, with only three members, and two of us (our cat Zvrle and I) do not eat eggs, so we don't have need to cook and dye large quantities of eggs. After all, it is still too early to start coloring real eggs. But, everyone in my family like to have a nicely decorated table during Easter, with various details that we created together, and wooden eggs are perfect for that. If you are one of those who cook and dye larger amounts of eggs for your family, and you need a new idea how to convert Easter eggs quickly and easily in interesting creations that nobody will be able to resist, I want you to know that I wrote few tips and tricks at the end of the post especially for you.
FIMO MATERIAL LIST
FIMO Leaf metal Gold
FIMO Size for leaf metal
FIMO Varnish for leaf metal
Staedtler water colors (dark blue, light green and magenta)
OTHER NECESSITIES
Wooden eggs
White acrylic paint
Painting brush
Bowl with water
Small duct tape
Palette
Small plate
Decorative bowl or plate
Decorative golden pebbles (optional)
STEP 1.
Place a wooden egg into the tape hole. Squeeze white acrylic paint on a pallet or plate, and using a hard brush paint the top half of the egg. Allow about 15 to 20 minutes to dry, then turn the egg and paint its lower part. Let paint to dry again for about 15 to 20 minutes. When the first coat has dried apply (in the same manner) a second coat of white paint. If it is necessary apply third layer of paint as well, because it is important that the egg is evenly and entirely white. Repeat the process with the other eggs. Clean the brush and wash palette or small plate (if you used it) thoroughly. Leave eggs to dry well (for about one hour).
STEP 2.
Dip your finger in water and rub it on the blue water color. Apply color to the egg. When you notice that the watercolor is dry, moisten your finger again, and proceed with staining. Apply blue water color on the whole egg. Leave for about 10 to 15 minutes to dry. During this time, paint the remaining two eggs with green and magenta water color. After drying, apply another layer of the same color on each egg, and once again leave to dry. If you want eggs to have intense color, apply a third coat of proper watercolor. Leave eggs to dry properly (for about half an hour).
STEP 3.
Tear FIMO gold metal leaf into smaller pieces, and put them aside on plate. Then brush magenta egg with FIMO size (adhesive) for leaf metal, and leave it in tape hole for about 5 minutes to dry.
STEP 4.
Very carefully, to prevent flakes on plate to fly around, sparingly apply pieces of gold leaf on the egg. With a soft dry brush go over each applied piece of leaf to smooth and straighten them. Leave egg aside for little while to let FIMO size dry well.
STEP 5. 
Repeat step 3 and 4 to apply golden leaf pieces on green and blue egg. Apply FIMO varnish for leaf metal on all eggs in the same way that you are do painting in step 1. Allow the varnish to dry for at least 30 minutes. Then turn the egg and apply varnish on lower part of it. Allow the eggs to dry for about 12 hours. Then place them in a bowl or on a decorative plate on which you have put decorative golden pebbles.
TIPS, TRICKS AND FEW IDEAS
* Instead of tape you can use a small (gin) glass as a holder during painting and varnishing.
* Depending on the manufacturer or the type of wood that is used, you'll have to paint some wood eggs for three - four times in order to be completely white. Eggs that I used was coated with two layers of white paint, because they are made of brighter wood (beech tree).  
* If you apply watercolor with your fingers eggs will have an antique look (Shabby Chic effect), but if you want even coat use a soft paintbrush.
* For staining you can also use a different color from the Staedtler's watercolor set. I chose colors that fit perfectly with my dishes, but you should definitely try yellow and purple, because they give a beautiful effect too.
* Rather than tear the whole gold leaf, you can use the remnants from another project or FIMO metal flakes.
* If you want you can also use FIMO copper and silver metal leafs, although golden ones definitely gives the best effect.
* Decoupage artist can use technique described in this tutorial (staining white objects with Staedtler watercolors and applying FIMO leaf metal) for other wooden objects too.
* You can put pieces of FIMO leaf metal on well cooked and dyed chicken, duck and other types of eggs. FIMO size and varnish for leaf metal are not toxic and can not corrode or break through the eggshell. After eggs are well cooked, cooled and painted, brush a very small amount of FIMO size sparingly onto shell, place the pieces of leaf, and then brush again with tin layer of adhesive. Repeat the process to decorate the egg according to your desire. Allow for about an hour for the size to dry, and  then coat the egg with a thin layer of oil to give shine.
* If you are place leaf metal on hard-boiled eggs that you'll eat immediately, there is no need to varnish them. Thin oil coat will gave them a nice shine.  
* FIMO leaf metal can be place on the empty egg shells (from which you blew egg white and yolk) as well, but then they should varnish them to protect gold (silver or copper) flakes.  
* If you find fresh eggs with pure white shell, do not dye them. You can just cook them well and after they cooled place pieces of gold leaf as described in this tutorial. I guarantee you that you will get a lot praise for this kind of eggs decoration.
* Blown or hard-boiled eggs with white shell can be paint with food coloring (colors for cakes and cookies). Pour about deciliter of water into a glass, add a few drops of food colors in the desired shade, and stir. Immerse the egg (whole or half of it, as you prefer) in the colored water and leave for about five to 10 minutes. Remove the egg from the cup and let it dry, then add FIMO gold leaf as described in the tutorial. Eggs dyed in this way will have a very interesting effect.
* Hard-boiled eggs or empty shells (from which you blew egg white and yolk), you can also completely or partially decorate with FIMO leaf metal. Coat the part or whole egg with FIMO size, press metallic leaf against egg, and burnish with fingertips. For a mottled finish, go over foiled egg with a dry stencil brush (bristles will remove a bit of leaf). For fully gilded eggs, leave as is. Let to dry for about 30 minutes and coat with oil (for cooked eggs) or varnish (empty shells).
* FIMO leaf metal, especially gold and copper, looks fantastic on eggs colored with onion skin.

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STUDIO ARTESANIA is brand name of mixed media/polymer clay artist and instructor ANDRIJANA KATAVIĆ, aka ANYA ARTESANIA. She's also the creator and curator of Polymer Clay Planet, FIMO ambassador for Serbia, and the member of the first Makin's Clay® Design Team. Her artworks have been published in a book "The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide".