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A few years ago I was really into polymer clay crafts. I made cute rings, fake food, little phone dangly things (the technical name), earrings, and so on. When the obsession faded, my polymer clay supplies ended up stashed at the bottom of one of my many craft boxes. I had totally forgotten about them until I cleared out my craft shelf a few weeks ago during my spring clean.
You know when you come across something and you’re instantly hit with DIY inspiration?
Well, that happened this time, because the moment I saw my clay I knew I wanted to make fake bird eggs.
I have no idea where this desire came from. Maybe it’s because I’m utterly obsessed with spring decor (the amount of spring wreaths, garlands, buntings, and printables posted on this blog is a testament to that). Maybe it’s just because I’m just an insane bird lady.
Either way, I was determined to make fake bird eggs.
So, drawing on my previous experience dealing with polymer clay, I got to work making some cute speckled polymer clay eggs. And now I’m going to show you how easy it is to do!
How to make fake bird eggs using polymer clay
To make fake bird eggs, you will need:
- Polymer clay (or any other clay that dries hard, such as this air dry clay )
- Acrylic paint in the colour of your choice (I used Americana Chalky Finish in Vintage)
- Brown acrylic paint
- A glaze to seal the paint on your fake bird eggs. You can use a few things to do this, such as polyurethane glaze or Sculpey glaze.
- A sharp blade (some suggestions include scissors, a kitchen knife, or a utility knife)
- An old toothbrush
- A paintbrush
Step 1: Roll your fake polymer eggs
Before you begin, find a flat, clean, untextured surface to work on. It’s important to work on an untextured surface when it comes to polymer clay as the clay picks up the texture of whatever surface you roll it on. I find paper, thin (flat) cardboard, and large dinner plates work really well.
Roll approximately 1 tablespoon (give or take – it does not need to be exact) of polymer clay into a ball. Don’t be afraid to really work the clay with your hands. The extra heat will make the clay more malleable, which makes rolling your fake bird eggs much easier.
Next, pinch one end of the ball with two fingers a few times to create a rough egg shape, like so:
Then, use one finger to lightly roll the pinched end back and forth to create a smooth, uniform egg shape.
Once you have rolled out the desired amount of fake bird eggs, bake the eggs according to the directions on the polymer clay packaging. The exact baking time depends on your brand of clay and the oven you use. To give you a rough idea, my polymer bird eggs took approximately 20 minutes to bake.
Step 2: Paint your eggs
Once your eggs are cool, apply one or two coats of acrylic paint in the colour of your choosing to your eggs. I used Americana Chalky Finish in Vintage because the colour lends itself so well to eggs!
You’ll probably get paint on your hands during this step. I think that’s part of the fun, but if you have sensitive skin keep a rag close by so you can quickly remove it.
Step 3: Add depth
Now we’re going to make your fake bird eggs look realistic!
Grab your artist pastels. You’ll need to choose three or four colours: two or three browns, and one or two colours that are a darker shade of your paint. So, if you have blue eggs, you’ll want to pick two browns and one or two dark blue pastels. If you have green eggs, pick two browns and one or two dark green pastels.
Using a knife, scissors, or similarly sharp instrument, shave off some of the pastel on to a paint palette/piece of paper/container lid. Repeat with each of the pastels you chose.
Now for the fun part! Dip an old toothbrush lightly into one of the pastel shavings. Then, tap the toothbrush lightly on to your fake bird egg, distributing some of the pastel on to the egg’s surface.
Repeat with each of the colours you chose until you have something that looks like this:
Step 4: Add speckles to your fake eggs
Once you have used pastels to make your polymer bird eggs look realistic, it’s time to add some speckles!
Before you do this, I’ll give you a heads up that paint tends to fly everywhere during this step. As such I strongly recommend you put your polymer eggs inside a container with walls before you add the speckles. An old shoe box or cardboard box works well (especially as you can just recycle it after instead of trying to clean it!).
To add speckles to your fake eggs, dip your toothbrush lightly into some brown acrylic paint. Hold your toothbrush over your eggs then use your free hand to flick the toothbrush lightly.
Flicking the toothbrush should send splatters of paint flying, which produces a super cute speckled egg effect.
If you flick the toothbrush and big clumps of paint come off, this means you have too much paint on your toothbrush. Wipe some off and try again. If you flick the toothbrush and nothing happens, this means you have too little paint. Add a little more paint to your toothbrush and try again.
Step 5: Seal your eggs
While polymer clay generally doesn’t need to be sealed, you must seal your fake bird eggs to keep the acrylic paint and pastel in place. There are loads of different sealants to choose from. Two readily available options are polyurethane glaze or Sculpey glaze.
Apply a coat of this glaze to your fake bird eggs and leave them to dry.
Once your sealing glaze is dry, your fake speckled eggs are finished. You can use your eggs in any number of ways, but I decided to display mine in a little nest. You can get these nests on Amazon at a reasonable price, if you’d like something similar for your fake polymer eggs.
I picked up the little bird from the craft store a few weeks ago. He’s got a little clip near his feet that allows him to stay attached to the nest. This is great for someone like me who has a habit of knocking things over 12 times a day.
I couldn’t find this exact bird online, but if you want a bird for your eggs, I found a bunch of cute options for you to choose from. Take a look at this pack of three clip on birds, or this pack of white clip on doves, or this pack of simply stunning hummingbirds, or these cute chickadee birds.
Have you made anything out of clay lately? I’d love to hear about it (and perhaps see a photo, if you have one!) in the comments below.
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