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Saturday, April 02, 2011

How-To silk tie colored Easter eggs

Supplies
  • lots of  raw eggs
  • Glass or enamel pot
  • colored and patterned scrapes (big enough to cover egg)from any thing (Silk ties, blouses) (someone suggested silk boxers (ewww not going there))
  • Scraps of clean white cotton cloth can be old tee shirts  or muslin (cut big enough to cover egg once it is covered with silk)
  • Rubber bands or Twist ties to secure fabric on egg
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar (to place in water with raw eggs)
  • Warm water (to boil eggs)
  • Vegetable oil (to make eggs shine)
  • Paper towels (to use with oil)
  • Tongs or spoon (to remove eggs from water)
Instructions
1. Cut silk into a piece large enough to wrap around a raw egg doesn't have to bee neatly cut but you can if you want cut nice squares but not needed

2. Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, the printed side of the fabrice should be touching the eggs surface meaning right side of fabric touching the egg wrong side out.  This isn't a science experiment if the piece you cut isn't exactly right still use it

3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of clean white cloth and secure tightly with rubber bands or  twist-ties which ever you have

Dying and cooking
  • In pot place all the wrapped eggs
  • cover eggs completely with water
  • add three tablespoons of white vinegar to the water
  • Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 -30 minutes go with the longer time if you want to eat the eggs and not just have a decoration.
  • Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon
  • Set a side to let cool
  • after eggs are completely cooled remove all fabric  (the white cotton and colored silk)
For Shiny eggs add this step
  • add oil to paper towel and rub all over egg  making sure to wipe off excess this is just a hint of oil
If you are not going to eat the eggs and just let them sit out to dry ( yes this can be done with the boiled egg  than you can use a clear acrylic finish on it but not if you plan on eating these)
You can find lots of silk shirts and ties and such a t thrift stores and places that sell second hand items

The  silk can be used several times to dye the eggs just gets a little lighter with each use.

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