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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Etched Easter Eggs - Russian Tradition with a Modern Jamaican Twist makes Katy Perry Roar

Now that it’s obvious that the Ministry of Agriculture Roger Clarke is serious about using leftover Fruits and excess Eggs, what’s next? 

His plan is to make Fruit puree and the Eggs as a fat substitute in making Nutri-bun for the School Feeding program, a more nutrition option to Bag Juice and Tiggaz is puree genius (I’m lovin’ that one there).

Additionally, excess Eggs we can’t use will be exported or used in the Hotel Industry.

All this and more as explained in my blog article entitled “Ministry of Agriculture to approve Fruit and Liquified Eggs for School Feeding Program even as Pork faces Glut - How Solar Farming will make Jamaica's Food Security Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2


So what will happen to the Fruit peelings and Eggshells? After all, albeit it’s a reuse of Farming production that may be a glut or unfit for export or even the local market due to its appearance, it still creates waste, especially Eggshells.

The fruit peelings can be masticated and pyrolized in an amped up Solar Desalinator using a Fresnel Lens as described in my blog article entitled “How to upgrade your Solar Desalinator to a Solar Cooker and make a Solar Foundry for Vacuum Pyrolysis” and made into essential Oils or even Oleum, a complex mixture of Oily hydrocarbons useful in everything from making condiments and flavourings in cooking to mosquito repellant.

But the Eggshells leftover, mostly made of protein, are only good for making fertilizer for Farming or even a Hydroponics Garden as described in my blog article entitled “How to Cut Glass Bottles and make your own Rooftop Garden made up of Wick-Based Hydroponic Gardening System - More uses for the Distilled Water from the Fresnel based Solar Desalinator”.


So what else can Eggshell do? You can use them along with Distilled Water from you Solar Desalinator as described in as described in my Geezam blog entitled “How to Make Distilled Water using a Solar Desalinator” to make Glow-in-the-Dark Etched Easter Eggs.

Painted Easter Eggs are a tradition borrowed from Ukraine and Russia as described in “How to Etch Easter Eggs: A Ukrainian Tradition”, published Nov 20, 2007 by Amber S., Yahoo News that’s a secret passion of mine, as I’m a fan of all things Russian. My passion is a variation on this idea, that of course being Glow-in-the-Dark Etched Easter Eggs.



To start this DIY, you’ll need the following:

1.      Several Rolls of Paper towels
2.      Eggs (still intact for now)
3.      Hot needle
4.      Indian Ink or Oil Based Paints for colouring
5.      Kitska (buy that on Amazon)
6.      100% pure white Vinegar
7.      BeesWax (fren’ up your local Apiary!)
8.      Non-Toxic Markers
9.      Scissors or Box Cutter
10.  Distilled Water
11.  Candle with flame
12.  Cotton cloth
13.  Airbrush Tool
14.  Paper Glue
15.  Glitter
16.  Patience like Job (yes….really!)



The steps are simple:

1.      Make sure to wash you Eggs and hands with the Dishwashing liquid to remove all oil.
2.      Dry them with a Paper Towel.
3.      Work out the design you wish to have on the Egg on paper.
4.      Use a hot needle to pierce the top and bottom of the Egg and slowly drain out the contents into a cup
5.      If you want the Eggs coloured, you’ll have to spray paint them with the Indian Ink of the colour you want and set them to dry
6.      Gently grip the Eggs with a Cotton cloth
7.      Use a pencil to draw on the design onto the Egg. Use Paper Towel soaked in vinegar to erase mistakes
8.      Use the Kitska and scoop up some of the Beeswax
9.      Heat it gently in the flame and use the Kitska to coat the areas with Beeswax that are not to be etched. No mistakes as the Beeswax cannot be removed at this stage
10.  Pour Beeswax into the holes using the Kitska and coat the inside of the Egg with a coating of Beeswax. This is to provide support for the Etching process
11.  Let the excess Beeswax run out of the hollow Egg
12.  Use the Beeswax to coat the bore holes with the Kitska, thereby sealing them
13.  Submerge the Egg in a 100% Pure Vinegar using a Glass Cup to keep it down in the Vinegar Etching Bath. This will etch the areas not coated with Beeswax and usually takes 12 hours.
14.  The areas with the Eggshell exposed will go white then gradually dissolve
15.  When this process is completed, gently remove the Etched Egg
16.  Remove Wax coating the both holes at the top and bottom of the Etched Egg
17.  Use gentle heat from the candle and slowly melt away the Beeswax on the outside and inside. Be careful as the Etched Egg’s very delicate
18.  Wipe Egg gently with Moist Paper towel soaked in warm Distilled Water to remove any excess Beeswax.
19.  Put etched Egg in the open air to dry
20.  Use the Airbrush tool to do additional spraying of the Egg with paint or colours as per your design
21.  While the Etched Egg dries (careful.. Fragile!), get the non-toxic markers and break them open
22.  Take out the ink packs and cut them open with the boxcutter or scissors over a container of Distilled Water. This will be your glow-in-the-Dark Solution, which you can save for other uses
23.  Soak the Eggs in the solution of non-toxic markers. This’ll make them glow in the Dark under UV light
24.  After about 12 hours, take them out and make them dry in the open air. Be very careful as they are very delicate.
25.  Coat the Eggs with Paper Glue and sprinkle Glitter on your design as an option
26.  When finished and set to dry, coat the Egg in Lacquer to seal the design and add strength to the Eggshell


That’s it! Your Glow-in-the-Dark Etched Easter Eggs should appear as shown and should be a delight for the Easter Holidays and even serve as excellent Christmas Decorations. Russian Tradition with a Modern Jamaican Twist makes Katy Perry Roar!

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