4. Roll a sheet of clay as in step 1, cutting a circle to cover the egg’s top half. Form the circle over the top of the egg, making darts where necessary. Smooth the seams and trim the edge of the top half so that it overlaps 3⁄16 in. (5mm) onto the edge of the bottom half (PHOTO F).
5. Nest the egg in the cotton sheeting and bake. Cool completely and remove the paper band.
Legs and decoration
1. Sand the egg with wet/dry sandpaper, starting with the coarsest grit (320) and progressing through the finer grits.
2. Turn the egg upside down and mark 3 points in a triangular configuration to position the legs. Use a hand drill to drill each point with a 1⁄16-in. (1mm) bit. Try to go through both layers of clay without puncturing the shell.
3. Cut 3 1-in. pieces of brass wire. Roll 3 nickel-size balls of clay into bullet shapes. Cut the fat ends of each leg at a slight angle to correspond with the side of the egg. Insert the wire into the legs, leaving 1⁄4 in. (6mm) protruding.