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Decorated Eggs by Margaret Bennett

Throughout the ages, the egg has been a symbol of rebirth, coloured and decorated eggs represented the coming of spring to early civilisations.

Beautifully painted or jewel studded eggs were given to newlyweds and to the young, as a symbol of love and security.

Peter Carl Fabergé was commissioned by the Tsar of Russia to make a jewelled egg for his wife, as an Easter gift, which continued each Easter.

The Bernese Easter Egg Market came into being in 1975, and within eight years, there were ten markets in Germany and The Netherlands.

There are many books available for beginners and more advanced egg decorators, but the basic method is to blow the egg by making a hole with a tool, similar to a darning needle, then enlarging it so that the contents can be blown out. Then, wash the egg. When dry, paint with emulsion, acrylic, gloss, car spray, etc. When dry, decorate with anything that can be glued. UHU seems to be the best glue to work with.

For Easter, paint the blown egg yellow. Cut and fold a small triangle of orange card for a beak, and glue to the egg, about half way down. Use black felt tip (a permanent pen may work better), and use small pieces of yellow wool for the hair.

And starting from such simple beginnings, with interest and imagination, there is no limit to the beautiful objects that can be created.

Contributed by Justin Taylor. Posted: 1 Mar 2001