Today we have a guest post by Cherie Kemp – and just in time for the holidays. When I saw her fox and bear “egg-heads” in the comment section, I just had to ask her to show us how they’re made. Can’t you just imagine an entire tree covered with these delightfully simple sculptures?
Cherie uses these techniques for the critter heads shown at the top of this post, the mice shown at right, and people faces, which she shows you how to make in the post below.
Cherie can usually be found on her own blog, where she you’ll find many more fun craft projects.
©2014 Cherie Kemp
Paper pulp covered eggs:
When working with eggs it is vitally important to wash them thoroughly before attempting to blow them. There is a number of egg blowing devices on the market but as I have never used one I shall talk you step by step through the method that I use to prepare my eggs for use.
- Step one……..Thoroughly wash the egg in warm soapy water and then dry with a clean towel
- Step two……… Use a large (clean) needle to poke a hole in opposite ends of the egg. Poke the needle inside the egg and wiggle it about a bit to break the yolk.
- Step three…… Put your lips over the hole in one end of the egg and blow the contents into a bowl.
- Step four …….. Rinse the egg thoroughly and put it to soak for a while in water to which you have added a drop or two of bleach.
- Step five…. Shake the water from the egg and leave it to dry
Now comes the fun part:
Tear a pile of used envelopes into small pieces and put them to soak in some warm water for an hour or two to soften the fibres. When they are thoroughly softened, tip them into your blender, top it up to the maximum mark with warm water and whizz them up until they are a soft pulp. DON’T be tempted to put too much paper in the blender or you will burn out the motor.
Pour this pulp into a bowl and squidge your fingers in the pulp (you don’t really need to do this but it is such fun). Tip a small amount of the pulp into a sieve and pick up a blown egg. Scoop up about a dessertspoon of the pulp and press the pulp so that it presses against the side of the sieve to squeeze some of the water out. Don’t squeeze too much out though as you want it to be fairly damp.
Now start to build up a layer of pulp on the egg. Don’t worry about the appearance of any gaps as you can keep pressing small amounts of pulp onto the egg to cover them.
Once the egg is entirely covered with pulp wrap it in a small cloth. (I cut up old towels and keep them for this purpose) Press gently but firmly to remove as much water as possible.
Now take the egg out of the cloth and again, firmly but gently roll it about on a dry cloth until the pulp has firmly stuck to the egg. At this point you can add more pulp to cover any gaps.
At this point you can decide what you would like the end result to be. Perhaps you would like to create a face or maybe an animal is what you would like to do.
To create a face I simply built up layers of soggy wet pulp and sculpted a face. Build up the nose first to give you a guideline for the other features. When I made my very first face I rolled up small sausages of paper pulp to create the lips. DON’T do this, it looks terrible. It is far better to pile a little bit of fairly wet pulp onto the potential mouth area and use a toothpick to poke the facial details. Do the same with the eyes. It will take a little bit of practice but you will see the face forming in front of you.
Build up the forehead and cheekbones in the same way. Don’t worry if it looks a little rough at this stage as it will dry a lot smoother. When you are fairly happy with how it looks, blot as much water from it as you can. Be careful not to push the pulp off the egg though. Leave it to dry ET voila an egg head. Paint it with acrylic paint or decoupage it with paper shapes.