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Not only are these eggs beautiful for Easter, but they would look great as a centerpiece to a batch of deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches at any gathering. Please vote for me  in the Egg-bot Challenge!

What you will need:
Eggs
Several 100% silk ties
White cotton t-shirt
String
Enamel pot
Vegetable oil (optional)

I tried this project with white eggs, however brown eggs may work as well but would give a different color effect. I purchased the silk ties at Goodwill for a dollar each. Any silk would work, like a scarf or sections of a shirt.

(Disclaimer - this is not my original idea, just an original Instructable)
 
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Step 1: Deconstruct

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Deconstruct a silk tie by removing the stitching and interfacing. Cut a section of silk large enough to completely wrap around the egg (leave some excess for room to tie the end together).

Step 2: Silk Wrap

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With the 'good' side of the tie on contact with the egg, tie the egg up in the silk. You can tie the egg in the method shown in the picture for a more abstract look (the crinkles in the fabric cause distortions in the dyeing process.) For a cleaner, crisper dye job, carefully wrap the egg with as few wrinkles as possible and tie on each end, like a Tootsie Roll.

Step 3: Cotton Wrap

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Cut the cotton t-shirt into sections large enough to individually wrap the eggs. (Any cotton will work, such as an old pillow case, however, I'd like to find out if socks would work. I'm not sure if they are a tight enough weave.) Tie each egg in cotton.

Step 4: Boil

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Put the eggs in an enamel pot with enough water to cover them. Add three tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring the eggs to a boil, then turn down the heat and let them simmer thirty minutes.
cogni4 years ago
Very nice!
I wonder, do the dyes in the silk affect the egg's edibility? In other words, is there anything toxic in the color dyes that would seep through the shell and affect the egg if you wanted to eat the hard-boiled egg for breakfast or make it into egg salad? I'd hate to throw out those eggs (in my culture, you go to German Hell if you waste food); but I don't want toxic chemicals leaching into my egg salad. I know little about the industrial process of silk-dying.
peace, love, art (author)  cogni4 years ago
I'm not entirely certain to be honest. Martha Stewart says they are edible, however other crafting resources say they are not. I read one account where the dyeing process left a terrible odor in the air causing the crafters to worry about chemicals. I didnt experience however. Sorry, I'm unable to give a conclusive answer.
I prefer natural dye (such as onion leaves) but the result of your work it's wonderfull:)! Great job!
peace, love, art (author)  copilarim4 years ago
Thank you so much. I just recently learned about using onions, I'll have to experiment with that in the future!
bajablue4 years ago
Beautiful!!!
peace, love, art (author)  bajablue4 years ago
Thanks =)
This is really a great thing I would love to share with hand crafters. You got my vote.
Thank you! If you ever try it out, post some pictures!
ChrysN4 years ago
Wow, that is really cool!
peace, love, art (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thanks!
scoochmaroo4 years ago
I had no idea you could do this! Very clever.
peace, love, art (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
Thank you very much! I just learned about this process as well, I'd never heard of it before either! It was so exciting to test out.