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Topic: Making your own "Silk to Egg" egg
Message: Posted by: Stperformer (Jun 24, 2012 07:03AM)
Have any of you lot ever made your own 'Silk to Egg' using a real egg?????

I'm assuming to only way to do this would be with a Dremel tool. What bit should I use to put in the 3/4" hole???????
And as for coating the inside of the egg. White glue or epoxy resin or other???

Many thanks in advance for any info :)

Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jun 24, 2012 04:51PM)
I've tried but without success. Real eggs are just too fragile and anything I've put on/in them just didn't stiffen them enough to work. I've been toying with plastic eggs, but they look... plastic. Did find some eggs at Hobby Lobby that I'm going to try; think they're made of compressed paper.
Message: Posted by: Eduardo (Jun 24, 2012 05:52PM)
Today I worked with some interesting performers, one of them had one case made from cardboard with some kind of glue and paint... the result was incredible... if it works with cardboard it shure result with the egg... I read something about working eggs but I could not rebember where!!!
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jun 25, 2012 06:08AM)
A plastic, 2 piece Easter egg would work. You could drill that with a brad point bit easy, ream the edges inside and out, then super glue it shut.
Message: Posted by: MagiUlysses (Jun 25, 2012 08:34AM)
Greetings and Salutations,

Just asking, for clarity: why are you making said egg? Special effect? Intellectual challenge? Creative outlet? Broke?

I'm thinking epoxy with a hardener. I used some bathtub repair epoxy with a hardener, acquired at Lowe's, that seems to have permanently repaired a crack in my home shower (made repair more than six months ago and still holding up as good as the day I made the repairs. When hard, the epoxy has an off-white, very light gray color.

Once you mix the two elements, the epoxy has the consistency of putty, which may make applying it inside the egg problematic. But it could be possible to apply an epoxy glue first, to stiff the shell initially.

Having to clean the egg out of the shell, drill the hole, and coat the shell -- possibly, or likely, twice -- it would seem to be cheaper, faster, and easier to buy one, but let us know what you come up with.

But, since you asked about how to coat and egg, I'd go with the product from Lowe's. I think it was an Elmer's product. My apologies for not know the name of the product off hand.

Joe Zeman aka
The Mage Ulysses
Message: Posted by: Stperformer (Jun 25, 2012 06:40PM)
Thank you folks for the ideas and info :)

I have gotten a Dremel with a conical stone grinding bit and at high speed this is does the job beaut (with care).
I make 2 small holes and carefully blow out the egg with compressed air and then slowly enlarge the hole.
I am now in the process of re-enforcing the walls and I'm trying epoxy/resin as sugested by MagicUlysses and a type of plaster called Durabond. Stay tuned
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jun 29, 2012 11:09AM)
Instead of making 2 holes, it is much better to only make 1 hole to remove the contents. Blow air in, and out comes the egg, repeat. Now you have a more solid egg. I also found out that they make an egg blowing device for hobbyist that make those decorative pained and jeweled eggs. Maybe doing some research on this craft will help you come up with a good way to reinforce an egg.
Message: Posted by: Andy_Bell (Jul 1, 2012 05:02PM)
Once I had blown the egg and shapped the hole I poured in some yacht varnish swilled it about and poured out the excess, once it had dried I repeated the swilling, this went on and on for god knows how many coats but the result was a real egg that was plenty strong enough to use and not break.i used it for about two months before I got sloppy packing it in my rig and crushed it with my deans box, Never bothered to make another it just took to long, but if I did I would reinforce it with varnish again (and get it it's own dedicated travel container!)
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Jul 1, 2012 06:45PM)
Since I teach, I am off during

My hat is off to all of you DIY types. I put my effort in researching quality props, then just purchase. To me, it saves lots of time and money in the "long run".
Message: Posted by: Motley Mage (Jul 3, 2012 07:35AM)
There have been a few similar discussions on the "Smooth as Silk" forum, but almost always comes back to being easier--and often cheaper--to buy a well-made prop like the DoveLite egg from Bob Sanders. Expecting mine in the mail this week. But if it's more about the desire to make your own, I certainly understand--I've got several of those projects going, too!
Message: Posted by: Stperformer (Jul 3, 2012 08:08AM)
Yes it is usually much easier and often cheaper if you can buy/find the high quality product, however.......there are some benefits on putting in the work/research to make your own stuff.
I'm happy to report, after much experimentation and failures, I have a most excellent egg for egg to silk. As a matter of fact I have several in different sizes, white and brown. When you add up all the stuff I used, yep, it would have been a lot cheaper and quicker to simply buy a couple. But the eggs I made are perfect for me...custom. Just the right size hole for my finger/thumb. Large egg if I want to use up to 24" silk, medium/large if I use 18". And the thing is, I really know my prop.
The only other drawback to this is I think my cholestrol must be at an all time high after eating so many eggs the last while LOL
Message: Posted by: Motley Mage (Jul 3, 2012 11:44AM)
If it is not now your personal "trade secret," what did you end up doing in your hardening process?
Message: Posted by: Stperformer (Jul 3, 2012 12:02PM)
Epoxy-resin. Getting the thin membrane off the eggshell and then so carefully applying the first thin even coat internally can be a bit tricky. A delicate touch and patience :)
Message: Posted by: jolyonjenkins (Jul 4, 2012 01:24PM)
I made mine which I have used for years. It wasn't that hard. I blew the egg in the normal way (two small holes), rinsed and dried. Then I made another hole in the side with a needle which I then carefully expanded until it was about 3/8 an inch in diameter. Then I poured in liquid plaster (what you use to fill holes in walls - here it's known as Polyfilla, I think it might be called Spackle in the US). I sloshed it around until it had coated the inside of the egg shell; this incidentally filled in the two small holes. I let it dry then did it again a few times building up the layers. The last time, I mixed the polyfilla with black paint, so the inside of the egg ended black. Once it was all set hard, I expanded the hole with sandpaper gradually. Finally I went round the inside of the hole with black permanent marker pen.

Maybe I was lucky, but it worked first time for me (which is good because I never eat eggs).

The reason I made my own is because all eggs here are brown, but all magic ones are white, and that bothered me.