I start with the thickest setting and work my way down to the thinnest setting each time it goes through. I fold it back in on itself, and once more through the machine for a thick enough to cover the egg, but not too thin.
I drape the sheet of clay over the egg and press it against the shell. I poke a hole through the clay to reveal the drain hole. This is important! You don't want to bake the shell without a way for the air to escape during the baking process, or it might explode.
I add more sheets of clay until I reach the top of the egg. I pinch and close off the clay.
I use a flat shaping tool to give definition to the skull under cheek bones and temples.
I carefully slice the finished skull from the surface with a flat razor type blade.
I brush the back side of the skull with liquid clay and apply to the egg surface and work to press and smooth out the clay.
I use a plunge cutter with a leaf shape and cut out the shapes and start applying around the vertical part of the egg with liquid clay brushed on the back of each piece I apply.
I do the same for the opposite side of the band, and start making flowers with the cutters and small bits of clay wrapped around a swirled bit of core.
I apply some decoration to the skull. In this case, I am making a maple leaf and other leaves along with tiny little forget-me-not flowers. There are four cones that will act as a base for grapes on top.
After finishing the decorations on the skull, I roll several tiny circles and start applying them to the cone bases for the grapes. I brush the liquid clay on the cones to help the grapes stick to the cones.
First the green and blue, then the pink...
Remember the type of clay that I mentioned using for the skull, leaves and flowers in the beginning? Yes, phosphorescent! And it glows!
I hope you've enjoyed watching this sugary confection come together. Thank you for taking the time to watch the process from start to finish!