|A blown, decorated egg on my Christmas Egg Tree.|
|Nativity scene using blown eggs.|
Egg blowing is not difficult, it just takes a little patience and practice. I don't recommend practicing on a special or favorite egg as beginning attempts tend to result in breakage. The three basic steps to blowing an egg are: 1. Put hole(s) in egg, 2, Empty contents 3. Clean inside of egg. Using room temperature eggs makes emptying the egg much easier than with a cold egg.
STEP 1 PUT HOLE(s) IN EGG
To blow an egg's contents out of the shell, two holes are ordinarily required, one in the narrow end and one on the wide end (where the air cell is located). There are many ways to get a hole in an egg. I have tried push pins, thumb tacks, the Blas-fix® egg blower tool and a Dremel drill. The little tool that comes with the Blas-fix® egg blower was my preferred method until I was clued into the Dremel. It rocks.
the Dremel, which has become my weapon of choice for hole execution. It is the most expensive of the options at $99, but I managed to talk my husband into buying one without much effort. He's always game for power tools. The Dremel makes cleaner holes much more quickly than any other technique.
|This is the Dremel attachment I use.|
Two holes are needed when blowing eggs with lung power or an aspirator, the Blas-fix® requires one hole. Marking the desired hole location on the egg with a pencil is helpful. The Blas-fix tool works by twisting the tool back and forth, filing tiny bits of shell away.
STEP 2- EMPTY CONTENTS
Lung power, Blas-fix® or Aspirator
After drilling holes, the yolk should then be broken by inserting a toothpick, open paperclip or a sterile syringe/needle into the holes and carefully stirring so as not to enlarge the hole or chip the shell.
After the yolk is scrambled, air is blown into one hole with an open mouth, lips sealed around the hole. Cheeks should remain inflated like a trumpet player's to maintain steady pressure. Chalza (the white stringy anchors inside the egg) may clog the hole, but can be dislodged by holding with a piece of paper towel and pulling gently. Oh yes, this process is glamorous.
If using the Blas-fix®, insert needle into hole and pump air in with the bellows. Ideally, the egg should stream out the hole, but it doesn't always work. The bellows wear out very quickly, eventually cracking, resulting in a lack of sufficient pressure to get the egg out of the shell. It works great initially, but doesn't last long enough to blow more than a dozen eggs. Lung power or an aspirator are more efficient and reliable than the Blas-fix.
If using an aspirator, the open end is inserted over the hole and air squeezed in, forcing the egg contents out the other hole.
STEP 3- CLEAN INSIDE OF EGG
Place empty eggshells in a bowl full of water or use a syringe to fill egg with water. Cover both ends of the egg, shake then blown it out. This step should be repeated until water runs clear.
I dry the eggs in the microwave to ensure sanitation, heating 12 second intervals, four to six times. These eggs are hot when removed from the microwave oven (it's easy to forget, trust me!).
DECORATING BLOWN EGGS
I made a Christmas Egg Tree and an Easter Egg tree last year. Dying the Easter eggs can be done the same as with hard-cooked eggs.
|My Easter Egg tree, April 2011.|
|I use decoupage to seal my eggs after embellishing them. |
Just paint it on in a thin, even coat and let it dry.
I seal the holes in my blown eggs with bead caps and crazy glue. Bead caps are inexpensive and available at craft stores.
|Bead caps come in different colors.|
To hang my blown eggs, I use either bead caps with ribbon , elastic string or, my preferred method: ornament caps. I buy miniature ornaments and pirate them for use on my decorated eggs. No glue is necessary as the pressure from the little wires keeps them in place.
|Hangar caps from mini Christmas bulbs.|
|Elastic cord, ribbon or a wire ornament hanger can be used for hanging.|
Here are some of my favorite creations.
|These marbelized blown eggs are simple and fun to make.|
|This egg topiary is fun to make with blown eggs.|
|My Christmas egg wreath with cinnamon ornaments.|