Had several requests for info about the colores epoxy enamels. They can be purchased through Rio Grande, in kit form or separate pieces. Lots of colours. So far I am using the transparent colours over gold leaf. I draw the design on the egg and use the gold leaf sizing on the areas to be enamelled. Once the gold leaf is done I outline the areas with gold braid to give a cloissone effect. Since I use such small amounts I apply the epoxy enamel with a toothpick in a back and forth motion, kind of like painting. It takes about 24 hours to cure.
I used the colored epoxies on a couple of different eggs and have not noticed any yellowing yet. Another thing, if you like to work slower you can get epoxy that sets up slower. Hobby shops carry 5, 10, 15, and even 20 minute epoxy. I do notice that once you add the powders the epoxy does seem to set a little quicker. I tried the black petal dust and was not happy with the way it mixed with the epoxy. It leaves granules of color that will not mix well into the epoxy and I could not get depth to the color. I also have used some of the cheaper cake dyes and they seem to work just as well as the petal dust.
Many of you have asked about the Colores epoxy resin by Rio Grande I referred to in my last two eggs. You may remember discussions about liquid glass on the list-the two part epoxy resin/hardener stuff that pours and hardens like glass. Well the Colores system has the epoxy resin in many different fabulous colors and textures (pearls, jewel tones, opaques, metallics, transparents) that you mix with a hardener. Now this stuff is extremely messy and drips a lot so with these last two eggs I applied it very sparingly with a cosmetic sponge and set the eggs on my paper plate with the thumb tacks to raise them while they dried. They must dry for 24 hours and DO NOT touch them while they are drying or you will ruin the finish. When it does finally dry your egg is like porcelain with that glass enamel Faberge type look. It does give a fabulous finish and the colors available are exquisite IF you can stand working with this messy stuff. It also comes with clear epoxy resin if you don't want colored resin.
In using the product called envirotex, a 2 part epoxy, is the same as using 50 coats of polyurthane. It hardens to a shiny surface as hard as a rock and does resemble glass in its looks. When I described blowing on the bubbles, that meant puckering the mouth up and blowing a big wind over the egg. That is the wrong way. The right way is take a deep breath, open the mouth wide and just exhale. The carbon dioxide in the exhaled air is what causes the bubbles to break.This occurs the second the carbon dioxide is released. Hope this helps.
This technique involves mixing the two-part 5 minute epoxies with a colored powder. I first make a pattern, glue gold cord or rhinestone chain on the lines of my design. Then I mix together the epoxy with a colored powder and QUICKLY apply it to the areas between the cording. I move the egg back and forth so the epoxy will evenly spread and when it hardened, it looks like it has an enameled surface. The powders that you can use are powdered tempera paints, Pearl-ex powders, some analyne dyes (the ones used for making pysanky), Eberhard Farbers' assorted powders. The key is to use powders, not crystal colors.