Natural Eggs with Plant Prints – dyed with Silk Royal Colour


Part of a plant is attached to the duck egg, which is wrapped in a nylon stocking and dipped in a water bath with Silk Royal colour, to which vinegar has been added.. The stocking is removed when dry and the contour of the plant parts appear on the egg.

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1.   Place a lightly pressed plant part; i.e. a flower or a leaf, onto the egg. Put the egg inside a nylon stocking and tie a knot. You may also tie a piece of string or rubber band around the egg to make sure that the plant part will stay in place (and it will also add a batik effect).
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2.   Dab Silk Royal colour around the contour of the plant part. Allow to dry.
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3.   Pour approx. 500 ml boiling water into a clean jam jar. Pour 2 tsp ordinary household vinegar into the water and 5-10 drops of Silk Royal colour (or according to the desired colour strength).
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4.   Place the wrapped egg into the colour mixture and put a heavy object (eg: a small deep bowl) on top for a lid to keep the egg down in the mixture. Leave the egg to soak in the mixture for approx. 20-30 minutes.
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5.   Unwrap the egg from the nylon stocking and remove the plant part.
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6.   For a shiny surface: apply a coat of glossy acrylic lacquer to the egg.
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