How can something so pretty be so easy to make?
By having clear instructions and the right tools!
The tools to make
panoramic eggs are two- piece hard plastic eggs. This is a
set of three different sizes. I've used the middle size in this
article. Also available are soft plastic two-piece molds.
You can find two different sizes of the plastic molds
on my site under Easter Molds
The eggs are made of granulated sugar mixed with just enough water to create a mixture like damp beach sand. Sprinkle the water on the sugar and mix it with your hands until it will hold together in a clump when you squeeze some with one hand. You will soon figure out just how damp you want this. Too wet and it will stick to the molds and take too long to dry. Too dry and it will not hold together when you "unmold" it.
First step is to fill one half of the egg and press it very firmly to eliminate any air pockets. Level it off at the top with either a spatula or the piece of cardboard you are going to set it on to dry. (These pieces of cardboard should be slightly larger than the egg mold.) Place the cardboard on top of the leveled egg and turn it upside down gently on the counter. Carefully lift the plastic egg mold off the pile of sugar. Using a thin paring knife make a cut down thru the pointed end of the egg about 3/4" from the end. DO NOT REMOVE THIS CUT PIECE OF SUGAR. It will keep the end from drying out.
|The egg shaped sugar on the cardboard is placed in the oven set at 150º for approx. 15 minutes. After removing the end slice carefully scoop out the center. This can be reused.||
|Here you see two pieces of shell which have been scooped out.|
Now you are ready to begin the decorating part of this project. Royal Icing (recipe at end of article) is what you should use to trim and decorate your eggs.
A 233 "grass tip" will squirt the grass into the bottom of the egg to allow your little bunnies, chicks, ducks and flowers to decorate the interior of your egg.
|Next step is to join the two halves with a small line of royal icing. Too much icing will show on the inside of the egg--so keep your icing skimpy on this step. The fancy decoration on the exterior of the seam will hold it together.|
Now come the finishing touches. Let your imagination be your guide. All one color, a mixture of colors, flowers of different types. I've even added tiny ribbons from time to time. You can also personalize them with a name. Enjoy this rewarding craft - I've enjoyed teaching you.
4 CUPS CONFECTIONERS SUGAR
3 TBSP. MERINGUE POWDER
5 TBSP. WATER
COMBINE IN LARGE BOWL OF MIXER AND WHIP AT MEDIUM SPEED
UNTIL THE CONSISTENCY OF HEAVY-WEIGHT MARSHMALLOW FLUFF.
IT IS IMPERATIVE TO HAVE CLEAN, GREASE FREE TOOLS. GREASE BREAKS
DOWN ROYAL ICING. KEEP ROYAL ICING COVERED ALL THE TIME YOU
ARE WORKING WITH IT.
Molds for making the eggs click here