I said last week (in The Wand of Doom post) that Little Cobs (my Grandson) and I had done another crafty project together, which I’d share in another post, and I’m here today to share that crafty project, along with some others which I started off, and he finished. All of what you are about to see were made with Little Cobs.
It all began with me mentioning that I knew that Fairies had Fairy Dragons which they rode on, and which protected all of Fairy Land from any dangers like fierce dogs or Ogres(!), and, I said, those Fairy Dragons laid eggs, from which Baby Dragons were born!
Little Cobs, naturally wanted to see a Fairy Dragon Egg. Hmm. Now I’d seen on Pinterest and on someone else’s blog, some ‘Dragon Eggs‘ which were just incredible. But … not suitable at all for a small child, as they were made from drawing pins (thumb tacks). Knowing Little Cobs as I do, I knew that he’d pick those pins out one at a time until there was a trail of them through the house!
So I had to come up with another idea. And I did. And … that original idea turned into another one, and then it made me think of something else … and on and on until … well … I’ll share the photos, and then you’ll see.
It all began with a polystyrene egg … which I painted first to take away the white (but you can get away without doing that bit, if you want to try this out). Then, using glue gel in a syringe, I fixed assorted Candi (made by Craftwork Cards) and overlapped the Candi dots, to make the ‘Dragon Scales’.
Once I’d finished fixing all the Candi dots in place, the egg looked like this ….
The glue gel needs 24 hours to dry – and unless you’re really careful, I’d suggest covering the egg with the Candi dots in two sessions. It’s not a quick to do project, so don’t think you’ll get away with it being finished in an hour. You get quicker as you get used to it … but it’s still a good couple of hours or more to cover an egg.
The egg looked impressive exactly like that – and Little Cobs loved it … but it needed some Fairy Magic to actually bring it to that special place that children love. So … out came the Buff It – by Pinflair. (one of my most favourite crafting items in my craft room – I absolutely love it!). I told my project manager (aka Little Cobs) to choose three colours of the Buff it – which took him ages, – that kid likes to change his mind a lot! lol. I gave him a cosmetic sponge and showed him how to get just a little bit of Buff It on the sponge, and gentle swipe it over the Dragon Scales on the Egg. And when we’d finished, this …. is what had happened …
He was absolutely delirious with joy at this egg. He didn’t want to put it down. He took it to Grandad so that it could be admired. He showed it to the Dog, and even to Alf Capone (one of the cats), who I interpreted for (I speak several languages – English, Dog, Cat, Horse, Rabbit and [mostly] Gobbledygook), and said that Alf was very impressed and believed that it really was a Fairy Dragon Egg – adding that Alf would know this because he played with the fairies every single day!
From there, we went on to colour another Egg I’d pre-made ready for him, this time using all Pink Candi dots . . .
… as you can see we coloured that one totally in Antique Gold Buff It – and you can just see the pink of the Candi Dots peeping out from between the scales, which kind of gives it a sort of rosey glow about it.
…. this picture (above) is of the exact same egg, but stood up (balanced on a glitter shaker lid), with a penny coin, so that you can get an idea of the size.
So, those Candi dot eggs completed, out came some more polystyrene eggs, only this time I did something totally different with them, and Little C and I coloured them up … and here’s what they look like…
This effect of a lumpy, bumpy egg came about by using a heat gun. Now if you try it yourself be aware that you have to be REALLY careful with the heat. Firstly … DON’T HOLD THE EGG IN YOUR HAND while using the heat gun on it. And don’t hold the heat in one place for too long. You have to keep the heat moving around and know when to stop heating. As soon as you begin to see a result that you like, then stop.
Little Cobs wanted to use only Pearl coloured Buff It on this bumpy egg, but I said that it might look a little boring so talk him into letting me add just little bits of colour, here and there, and blended them well, so that it looked as if it had that lustre of a real pearl – or the colours of Mother of Pearl.
My Project Manager made the executive decision of BLUUUE! (said like that too! lol) – for this egg. Again, this lovely effect was done using the heat gun – but very gently. Once we’d coloured up the egg and Little C had ‘polished’ it to a sheen, it was just fabulous… in fact, it reminded me of a Chocolate Easter Egg, wrapped in foil and waiting for me to break it open and eat!
And finally . . . I wanted to do something that wasn’t Dragon … something with more ROAR and GROWL and ARGGH! . . . and thought that perhaps I could get a result that was more grungy and pitted – in the hope of making a Dinosaur Egg!
This result came from carefully heating the egg in places for a while, then coming back and heating that bit again, then again and again – until the desired result came about. It was still bumpy in some places, but more grungy in others. I have no idea what a Dinosaur Egg might look like, but this, I decided was what our Dino Egg was going to look like. 🙂
The Project Manager decided upon brown and green for the Dinosaur egg, and to be honest, I think he chose the perfect colours for it. They really worked as Dinosaur colours.
All in all we had an absolute ball of a time with these eggs. Great Crafting projects and lots of fun both in the making of and in the colouring up.
Oh crikey! … almost forgot ... all of the papers you see in the photographs is all Graphic 45 paper – from one of their more recent collections: ‘Fairy Dust’.
And that’s all there was to it! 😀
I still have two special eggs to show you – but those will be for another time. I think I’ve kept you here long enough, and that bit of coffee you’ve got left in your cup must surely be cold by now. Shall I get you another? Or do you have to rush off?
Thank you so much for coming. Happy Monday! I hope your week ticks along nicely, with no problems which make you pull your hair out, and no troubles like finding out you’ve got the work or the shops and forgotten your purse or keys.
May an Angel pass over your house and sprinkle your home with love, peace, joy and all the stuff which will give you contentment.
Have a blessed rest of your day, and a truly lovely week.
Sending squidges ~