October 29, 2019

The Eggsperiment


Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing my eggsperiment. It all began when I wanted white eggs for an old, wire basket. I've have owned it for years, and once kept it filled with red apples for my red, white and blue kitchen. In my new home, I wanted to keep it simply for eggs. I looked into filling it with artificial eggs but nothing I saw came close to the beauty of the real things and they're free!


 I have respect for eggs. Almost every animal loves them and I can understand why raiding the chicken coop will never end. Take a simple egg, hard-boiled if you like, or better yet be bold and choose raw, and put it into the hands of a toddler. Of course, you can expect one to be quickly broken, but once they latch onto the idea that an egg is fragile and must be treated with utmost respect something magical happens. The egg becomes precious and awesome in the mind of an inquisitive child. I feel that way myself sometimes about such a perfect food.

I began my new, egg collection by blowing out the contents of every egg that I used in my cooking. If it wasn't to be fried it got scrambled in the shell and emptied to be saved. If you have never blown an egg out of the shell it's a simple task that requires a bit of care and patience. You simply poke a small hole into each end of the egg. I like to use a stick pin from my corkboard. Then take a long hatpin, or something similar, insert it into the hole and scramble the contents inside. Now hold the egg over your bowl, blow gently into one end and the contents should come out easily. If not, try enlarging your hole slightly or scramble the egg inside the shell again. Keep the egg for your cooking and soak the shell in soapy, hot water until it's clean inside. Now it will last forever, or until it meets with some eggy disaster.


Over the last several months I have collected a good number of eggs and I like not only how farmhouse-charming they look in my egg basket but that each one was baked into something delicious like yummy muffins or a batch of cookies. The basket is filling fast and sits on the shelves over my refrigerator.

Yet, there is one problem. All of the eggs are holey. Once I began to fill the basket I planned to repair the holes and make the eggs look whole again. I contemplated this over the months as the eggs piled up. Exactly how would I do that?

After searching Pinterest and other creative online sites for ideas, I found some beautiful paper mache ideas for painted eggs and jeweled versions, but nothing that dealt with the holes. If I looked closely at photographs of others' egg designs I saw that, unless they wrapped the egg in something, they still had holes. Once that egg is perforated it's obviously not that easy to disguise a telltale pinprick.

I asked crafty friends. We discussed using tissue paper, coffee filters and tiny bits of any paper punched out in small circles and applied with white glue in several forms. All of those ideas meant there was a wrinkly patch on both ends of the eggs. Are they going to be displayed in a museum? No, but I was on a mission now and I wanted flawless covers for the ends of my precious eggs.


My friend Marianne suggested hot glue. Now, this idea sounded great. We even discussed that hot glue comes in a variety of colors. White, hot glue. That was worth a try. Since I have no patience or white, hot glue I decided to eggsperiment with the clear glue stick I had on hand.

I melted a glob onto a few eggs, waited about ten seconds and rubbed the warm glue with a finger coated in coconut oil. I had read that you can squirt hot glue into a mold and it comes out easily if you coat it with vaseline. I choose coconut oil only because it was closer.

It worked. Kind of. It covered the hole, but I was a bit too generous with each squirt. Hot glue is never an exact science. Not only was there a bump on the egg, but the hot glue threads that pulled away from the gun were strong enough to grab and pull up the light, fragile egg. I learned quickly to slow down after one egg fatality. 


  

 It worked pretty well though, even in the beginning stages. My husband looked in on my progress as he passed through the kitchen to get himself a cup of coffee and suggested that I try sanding off the extra glue. I pointed out to him that the glue was rubbery and well, there's the fragile aspect of the eggs. However, I thought it was worth a shot. I got out my crafting emery boards (the beauty supply shop is a great place for tiny sanding tools) and gave it a careful shot.

It actually worked pretty well. With a bit of patience, I got the glue smooth on the eggshell and down to where there was only the glue in the hole. One problem, the glue-covered the hole well but it was clear. Now I had a tiny window in my eggs. This did not entirely solve the problem, but I was headed in the right direction. 


So I tried a dab of white paint and was rather satisfied. The hole was not covered perfectly. This doesn't seem surprising to me since after all if an egg is the perfect food it comes with a pretty perfect shell. I didn't replace nature but I don't have eggs with obvious holes any longer.


 The doctored eggs are back on the shelf looking fine!


Mr. Rooster seems happy enough about it all.


Hint: If you give a toddler a raw egg be aware than when it gets broken eggs are easily cleaned up with salt. Simply pour a handful of salt on the raw egg, wait a bit and then scoop it up with a spatula.


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