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
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Acrylic paints: ivory; burnt umber; warm brown; da
- olive green; black
- White air-dry modeling compound
- Press molds of choice
- Assorted pearl beads
- 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
- 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
- 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.