Many years ago, I emigrated to the US from Germany, a place where Fimo was very popular. I took a class from Liz Mitchell and was introduced to millefiori, a polymer clay cane technique that was not practiced in Germany at that time. What a revelation!
It is a German tradition to decorate an “Easter bouquet” or an “Easter tree,” so I decided to try covering eggshells with Fimo and baking them. I loved the results so much that I create at least one egg from each cane I make. My Easter tree is white-painted branches hung with eggs and set in floral foam. I cover the foam with Easter grass and sprinkle spare polymer clay beads on it.
Use leftover mosaic egg canes to cover beads. Reduce the canes even more to make mosaic beads. The key is to use colors with extreme contrast because the more you reduce a cane, the less contrast you’ll have. Also, make cubic bead bases and place a cane slice on each surface before shaping them into beads.
- 4 Blocks of polymer clay in compatible colors, but with high contrast (I prefer Fimo, 65g)
- 1 Egg
- Pasta machine for sheets
- Tissue slicing blade
- Long needle or toothpick
- Latex surgical gloves
- Dust mask
- Wet/dry sandpaper, 400 and 600 grit
- Steel wool #0000
- Wire or toothpick
- Silk ribbon or decorative light-weight cord
- Feather (optional)
After blowing out and cleaning an egg, make four simple canes, cut them in quarters, and assemble them into a checkerboard loaf. Reduce the loaf, cut in four, and assemble the pieces into a complex mosaic loaf. Then cover the egg with thin slices from the loaf and bake it. A little more decoration, and you’re ready to hang it.
Preparing the egg
Blow out the raw egg by piercing it top and bottom with a needle or the point of a sharp knife. Use a long needle or a toothpick to stir the yolk. Then take a deep breath and blow the contents of the egg into a bowl. Rinse out the shell.