Introduction: Easy Opening Eggs (Yellow and White Sold Separately)

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While cutting some eggs with my Dremel - which, I must confess, I often do - came to me an idea.

There's everywhere on food retailing products, easy opening tabs / peel offs / tear offs..

It sometimes get ridiculous on products that are already easy to open. ( I think about a cereal box or flour package )

What if we push it a bit further?

Then an egg sounds as a perfect candidate for really easy opening product (by itself, I mean).

So let's do a pure food retailing easy opening egg!


To follow this instructable you'll need.
  1. An egg. (or more if you break one)
  2. Some small candy Easter eggs
  3. A transparent plastic sheet (e.g. for overhead projector)
  4. Super Glue
Tools will be:
  1. A Dremel with a cutting disk
  2. A string or thick thread
  3. A marker (permanent  one are good)
  4. Sand paper



Step 1: Find Where to Cut Your Egg

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While the egg can be cut anywhere in two,

I prefer cutting it vertically in Half

To find the plane which cuts the egg this way:
  1. take your rope.
  2. Make a slipknot. (tight non as loose as the picture shows)
  3. Tie it around the egg, and tighten it a bit.
  4. Slide it to fit the top and bottom of the egg.
     As it is the longer path, the rope should tighten never come loose.
  5. Check your path makes straight lines.
  6. Use your marker to soak the rope.
  7. Let it dry.
You're done!
a perfect line around your egg.

Step 2: Cut Your Egg and Prepare Edges

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Gently erode the eggshell with the cutting disk.

Only advise is to take time and be delicate.
 

When you have emptied your egg, wash and dry it.

Then polish edges on a very even sand paper surface so they're regular, plane and smooth.
 

Again, only advise is to take time and be delicate.
Making big moves and not pressing hard helps a lot.

Step 3: Cut and Glue Some Plastic

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Our Easy opening egg needs it's dose of plastic, which we're about to add.
  1. Cut a strip of plastic in the transparent sheet.
    It's approximatively 1.5 egg-width large and 3 egg-length long. (see picture 3)
     
  2. Fold it in two so eggshells will face one an other
     
  3. Draw the footprint of an egg.
     
  4. Remove the inside allowing a margin for gluing.
     
  5. Do it on both sides (easy because it's superposed)
     
  6. Remove permanent marker if you can (with acetone mine is not so permanent !!!)
     
  7. Glue eggshells on the plastic one side at time.
    Be careful, you only have one try as Super glue is quite fast on eggshell and plastic.
     
  8. You should now have some castanets !

Step 4: Filling the Egg

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This is the first version of the easy opening egg, an Easy Opening Easter Egg

Then:
  1. Grab some sugar Easter eggs
     
  2. Fill your egg and verify it closes.
    Never Press shells together. If it doesn't close, remove some sugar eggs.
     
  3. Once it's ok, Glue and close the filled egg.
     
  4. Let it dry. (you can maintain a small pressure so the two sides are perfectly stuck together.)
     
  5. Remove the corner of one plastic side to make the easy handling part.

Step 5: Finish the Packaging

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To be a perfect product, it needs a label and a bar code!

Lets do it.

I made the label with Power point, and the bar code on this site http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator/index.php

Then print and glue.

Pictures tell the story.


To make it MORE REAL, Punch a hole like if your egg came of the shelves!

Step 6: Yellow and White Sold Separately

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Yellow and White Sold Separately is an other Kind of Easy Opening Egg.

I guess you've understood what it's about!


The process is the same, with some exceptions.
  1. You'll make two plastic strips
  2. Plastic strips will be emptied on one side only.
  3. A great care will be required to close the 1/2-eggs
    It'll be filled with aqueous material (white or yellow) which shall not spill on glued surfaces, especially when the upper plastic sheet covers the liquid.
Otherwise, it's the same, make a hole and put on shelves ready to be sold!



Step 7: Gallery

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Et Voila !

You have, depending on the situation,

Easy Opening Eggs or Easy Opening Easter Eggs


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Comments

Dream Dragon (author)2011-04-27

I love your sense of humour, and I agree the "easy opening" packaging is getting rather silly. Like the "eco - refill" that actually costs more and is less readily recycled. Not sure you could do an Eco-refill egg, but I' sure you could modify your " easy open packaging to take account of the other ubiquitous packaging concept - THE TAMPER EVIDENT SEAL!

Thanks for shearing your project and giving me a good laugh.

jovolomo (author)Dream Dragon2011-04-27

Eco-Refill Egg? challenge accepted!

jovolomo (author)jovolomo2011-04-27

added some eco-refill picture on the Gallery step

Dream Dragon (author)jovolomo2011-04-27

BRILLIANT! Well done! I love that, and you could definitely add a Tamper Evident seal to that.

You are a genius.

:-D

jovolomo (author)Dream Dragon2011-04-28

Thanks!

I added pictures of the Sealed Eco-Refill Egg on the gallery.

(as I experiment troubles in posting pictures in comments. Am I the only one?)

jovolomo (author)2011-04-27
done!

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