Fancy eggs aren’t just for Easter. Lots of people collect Faberge and other impressive eggs. Eggs which are metallic, bejeweled or glittered can be quite expensive, and even though you might not be able to make those kinds of eggs, you can still make some that are beautiful enough to display. There’s a very easy technique you can use to give eggs the look of stained glass, and the process is so cheap and easy, you’ll definitely be making more than one!
Whether you perform the technique on a hard-boiled egg or a plastic one you’ll find that the finished egg is gorgeous. However, the real eggs are not edible after the process! The chemicals in the “paints” do soak through the shell. If you want an egg that will last many years choose a plastic egg from your Easter stuff. Any size egg will do, of course, but a larger one is especially nice for displaying year-round or in a collection.
Use disposable plastic bowls to get started. Fill it about halfway full of water then choose nail polish colors to create the stained glass. You won’t want to spend money purchasing expensive nail polish for this project; use selections from a dollar store. They’re famous for having a nice selection featuring many wild, hard-to-find colors that will look great on the eggs. Choose metallic nail polish, glittery types or ordinary colors. Combine different types to create even more designs.
An old pair of tongs works great to make dipping the eggs easier, but if you don’t have a set you want to ruin, use two plastic spoons instead. Place a drop or two of the chosen nail polish on top of the water. As it disperses across the water, take one egg with a spoon or tongs, then dip the egg. Put a drop or two of the next color into the next bowl of water and dip again. If you’re using spoons, scoop the egg out of the water, place the other spoon over it, then hold the spoons together with the trapped egg and let the water drain out. Let each color dry completely before placing it into the next bowl; the nail polish dries very quickly. You can use the same bowl again and again, instead of using many bowls, but you’ll have to change the water frequently.
As when you color regular eggs for Easter you can create many different designs and patterns depending upon which areas of the egg you dip into which colors. After the nail polish is dry you can display the eggs on egg stands. These, too, can be dipped into nail polish water to create stained glass effects. Use the same technique to dye plastic or resin picture frames, plastic cups or planters, costume jewelry and more. You’ll love this easy and inexpensive process that can give many different things a beautiful stained glass look.