Step 5: Spray the Dragon's Egg

It is now a Dragon's Egg and you must spray it or otherwise colour it appropriately.

I have a number of old cans of spray paint and so I chose black (with a red glow at the bottom), half and half gold and silver, and a really rich green.

If you don't have spray paint then any water proof paint will do, household emulsion (called Latex paint in the US), or even nail varnish, (ASK THE OWNER of the nail varnish first, that stuff can be expensive!)

You could try almost any colour. I believe that Dragon's Eggs of almost any real colour have been described and I'm sure there are a few out there with imaginary colours!

Use the edge of a corrugated cardboard box, the prong in the middle of the egg box, some flower arranging foam, or a large bit of Blu Tak to pop the other end of the cocktail stick in to hold the egg while it dries. (how easy is that?!)
A metal tapping screw works fine to drill holes in eggs.
So much fun!!! We used the craft eggs Walmart sells for like 1.98 for a dozen and then the large eggs were also from Walmart for .98 each. Best Easter Eggs ever
<p>I tried for the first time, didn't think it came out too bad. next one will be cracked with a baby dragon next to it.</p>
I made these as prizes for a charity game/fundraiser. everyone loved them.
they look absolutely great, nice job.
Just wondering if this can be done with plastic easter eggs instead of real ones. Seems they would last longer.
I imagine you would have a much more narrow selection of paints that would adhere well to such a glossy plastic, most would peel off. In this respect a real egg would last longer
<p>I see that the article is addressed to US and UK readers and I do not have the UK equivalent, but in the US there is a product called &quot;BIN Primer&quot; by Zinnser that will adhere to anything, even glass. If you primed the plastic egg with multiple light coats of spray BIN Primer, you could follow with any color, any type paint and be confident that the paint and the primer will stay where they belong, on the egg. Added bonus, it would be far less expensive to buy oversized plastic eggs than prepared duck, goose or ostrich eggs.</p>
<p>Wow...it has been so many years since I made that comment...I absolutely should have thought of primer.</p>
prepared like this and looked after properly, a dragon's egg would last long enough to qualify as an heirloom.
Wonderful project. My kids and I had a ball making these, and they are very proud of their results. Exotic egg holders will be a later project. ;-)<br>
<p>haha your kids did a wonderful job they look nice</p>
<p>hay i like the holders </p>
Fantastic, glad you enjoyed the project and the eggs look great
Here's kind of a different take on this: 6&quot; styrofoam egg, coated with modeling paste whipped up into a spiky texture. All turned out well except I'm not too happy with the rub-on gold accent; it dried very quickly and I obviously had trouble spreading it thin enough to be an accent like KaptinScarlet's.
<p>that egg is cool i like it</p>
<p>These are amazing and really fun and pretty. I think, especially on the green and black eggs, the glue lines could use some gold paint, I think it would absolutely pop and make it just that much prettier.</p>
<p>this is a great idea! thanks so much</p>
Dear Kaptin: <br>What a nice job! <br> <br>more on that. Being an ignorant in this matter: Dragon Egss. <br>Finally, I think I comprehend why the female dragons are so bad tempered!!!... :-) <br> <br>Please, keep the good work! <br>
Looks like fun, I assume normal white eggs wouldn't do it though huh?
that is so cool.
To make the egg less fragile and have some substance in the hand, I suggest filling with plaster of paris and allowing it to cure before proceeding with the painting. I did this to produce dummy eggs for my ducks' nests at one time and while the real egg chipped off the plaster over time (months, years) in a livestock pen environment an empty egg would have been broken in days if not sooner. Definitely adds some heft and interior structure.
I suggest using egg gourds if you can find them. Google egg gourds. Will last forever as they are just like wood and much easier to handle.
lol - i was just gonna say that a dremel takes all the hassle out of step one.
Mega Cool!!!
Hi Kaptin!<br/>This was an awesome Instructable. The idea itself is fantastic, and the instructions are stellar. Love your illustrations; you really make everything easy to understand, and that is a rarity in an online how-to!<br/><br/>I made (I mean <em>found</em>) a handful of eggs for my boyfriend's birthday a few weeks ago. One for each of the chromatic dragons in Dungeons and Dragons.<br/><br/>I used spray paint for the base coats, acrylic for the distressing, and nail enamel for the highlights. Also, I glittered the black and white eggs with coarse black and iridescent white for a little texture and interest as they didn't have quite as much contrast as the coloured eggs.<br/><br/>I really enjoyed making them, and my boyfriend loved them, though he says he's a little nervous that they might hatch in our lifetime. ; ) We have them displayed on the mantle, and they are too nerdy and cool for me. Thank you!<br/>
You did a fantastic job and I love how you chose to stand them. Thanx for sharing
these are wicked great job <br>
nice work
They are absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the lovely message and the great images. If you like that sort of thing I have a website of my own filled with such stuff. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dadcando.com/">dadcando</a>. In it you'll find a is a neat section called the Dragonry (in the Making Section). But whatever, those eggs are just how I imagined they'd be. Love the nests by the way <sup>_</sup><br/>
Thanks! Yes, I've been to DadCanDo. I think it's an awesome site, and I'm hoping to join soon. Your kids must be some of the happiest kids on the planet. Thanks again! I can't wait to see what you've got next!
Thanks for your lovely comments, yes they are pretty happy... <sup>_</sup> got loads of cool stuff coming up!<br/>
Ive just visited dadcando and it is awesome. I hope to join but i dont really have money to spare.. shame. great ideas though.
Nice eggs! But how did you make the base? Just glue rocks together? Or glue the rocks to something else?
Thanx for these instructions I am definately going to try this.
I like these very much. Another fun thing to try would be to paint a color first, add the glue, and use gold or silver leaf on the glue. It WILL stick to hot glue.
Thank you so much for some inspiration. I started to make the first one and decided it needed some incubation buddies....lol <br>I used paper covered plastic eggs I purchased from a craft store. Paints are acrylics and I used puffy metallic paints for the silver gold and copper. I coated these in brush on glaze. I liked that I had much more control over the color by hand mixing and painting. <br>Thank you!! <br>
im going to make these, but I cant find any latex paint... <br>
Acrylic, spray or emulsion will do just as well
its just that the first time the spray paint got all drippy, and i figured that you needed some clear latex paint to make it stick. and what is emulsion, anyway?
I am sooooo making these 2moz, might not have the glue gun, but..... may use something similar, like a fast set sealant, if all goes well, will post a pic here. :-)
Heres mine!
the red one is cool<br><br>
the Family and I had a blast making these turned out very nice<br>Thanks
Can't wait to try this out. I wanted to get a larger egg so I ordered one from this site... http://beverlysgoosehatchery.com/
also aucious
These are so cool. My soon will be Harry Potter for Halloween and I'm definitely going to make these &amp; the wands!<br>
i'm thinking of mixing this instructable with ChrysN's Spooky Halloween Eggs. I'm hoping to get a glowing dragon egg, it would make a great birthday present.
Awesome Instructable. My first, btw. I think I found a new favorite place to hang out on the Internet. I love seeing pictures of what everyone has done. So, I'll try to take some pictures of the three eggs I decorated last night.

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