Sooo, let me be quite candid – I’ve never given much thought to egg shapes. Not that I had anything against them but exercising my limited powers of observation requires the object under scrutiny to be a little out of the ordinary. And eggs…well, they just weren’t. Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m even telling you this. You see, when you take it upon yourself to craft an egg out of dough, it helps to really understand the shape. You find yourself wishing you had spent more of your life distinguishing the lines and curves that make up this little, white oval. You start questioning your priorities. Your whole life flashes before your eyes and…alright fine, i’ll cut down on the melodrama. But perhaps you can learn from my mistakes and start paying more attention to the eggs in your life.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to biz-ness. That is, the business of making your own dragon eggs like the ones from Game of Thrones (if you haven’t already seen the GoT-party post, you can check it out here). You can use them to set up for a viewing party or even just to add some GoT vibes around the house. This is the first in the series of DIY Game of Thrones posts for this week. And fair warning: this one will be more of an exercise in what you SHOULDN’T do when attempting to make a dragon egg. Here we go:
Step 1: Crafting The Eggs
If you can find an existing egg shape such as a foam egg, that’s perfect. Consider half your work done (and an existential crisis averted). If not, then you’re on your own. Just kidding. There are two ways you can choose to make an egg shape:
- Paper mâché (in retrospect, I should’ve used this method, which is why I’ve put it on top)
- Air dry clay (just make sure you can find a proper recipe for this, mine didn’t really work)
As you’ve probably pieced together by now, I went with the drying clay option. I used the recipe here. Not sure if it’s the Karachi weather (I like blaming it for most things) or if it was something else that went wrong, but my “air dry clay” never air dried. So the dragon eggs remained squishy till the very end. Which kind of sucked after the amount of effort (and ingredients) I had put in. Also, because the dough was so soft, I couldn’t quite shape it how I wanted resulting in very flat “eggs”. If you use paper mâché, you can use a balloon as your base to get your desired shape.
Step 2: Gettin’ Your Thumb Tack On
To give the scaly effect on the eggs, I used thumb tacks. Lots of them. Because my dragons eggs were quite big, I needed about 15 packs of thumb tacks for each egg. But you can definitely do with less if you’ve made smaller eggs. The trick is to make sure the tacks overlap each other and cover the whole surface. Not even a tiny bit of dough/paper mâché/foam should be peeping out. This part is a little time-consuming but so very satisfying.
Step 3: Painting
If all goes well (and your dragon eggs have finally settled into their shape), you can paint them to look more like the eggs from the show. I painted one black and one green using acrylic paints. If you have more time, you can also give a more authentic ombre effect using a sponge. I was however, short on time (and patience, tbh).
Step 4: The Final Effect
I used a wooden tray and a heap of straw for the final presentation. Had to call in the crafts expert at this point aka my mom. The straw also helped conceal the less-than-egg-like shape of the dragon eggs (or maybe I’m just deluding myself into thinking that it did, let me know).
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the other Game of Thrones DIYs, let me just say you haven’t lived (tiny exaggerations we can all live with). Here’s a list: