Weathered Plaster Eggs

Go in search of ancient treasure - in your craft closet! Master this easy technique to turn foam shapes into 'antique' ivory-look home accessories. Stunning!

Completion time – 2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Egg, 5"
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: ivory; burnt umber; warm brown; da
  • olive green; black
  • White air-dry modeling compound
  • Press molds of choice
  • Assorted pearl beads

Tools

  • Rolling pin
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Clean, soft rag
  • Small sea sponge
  • Craft knife
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: pasta machine

Instructions

  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to knead modeling
    compound until pliable; roll compound into 1/8"-thick sheet.
    Note: A pasta machine works very well for this.
  • 2. Wrap modeling compound sheet around foam egg, covering
    surface. Gently tear away excess, using it to cover any
    visible foam.
  • 3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until entire egg is covered; seams
    don't need to look perfect. Gently press wide end of egg
    against work surface, enabling it to stand upright.
  • 4. Press additional modeling compound into molds; remove
    motifs and glue to egg as desired. Glue and push pearl beads
    into egg surface.
  • 5. Use craft knife to make cracks in egg surface for weathered
    look. Drag fingertip over surface to stretch compound and
    produce tiny cracks. Use paintbrush handle to dent some areas
    of egg. Let dry completely.
  • 6. Paint egg ivory to seal surface; let dry.
  • 7. To strengthen effect of texture and age, paint egg burnt
    umber. Immediately remove excess paint with damp sponge,
    leaving some in cracks. Rinse sponge frequently; squeeze dry
    before wiping paint.
  • 8. Repeat Step 7 using warm brown, then dark yellow, then
    olive green. Remove excess paint with soft rag each time,
    blending colors. Continue until pleased with effect, let dry
    completely. Note: Designer chose to leave more color in and
    around raised designs on egg to highlight texture.
  • 9. If unsatisfied with final look, simply wipe surface with
    damp sponge and let dry before starting again. Let dry completely.