Egg Art, Trash Hauling, and Other Business Startups

This installment of an ongoing business startups feature includes contributions from a Texas woman who earns extra money with her egg art and a Missouri man who established a trash hauling and lawn care business.

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    A half dozen examples of Ms. Lynea Weatherly's egg art.

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The following are business startups that readers established after reading articles in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Egg Art

Your article "We Call 'Em Dough Babies" had quite a creative influence on me. I was in the market for a way to make some extra money that would require little or no initial outlay of cash, but it seemed that a good many folks in my area had already cashed in on dough-baby craft. Reading the MOTHER EARTH NEWS article, however, started my imaginative wheels a-grindin' and before I knew it, I had become an "egger": a person who draws on eggs.

I started my little artistic operation with a very simple process: First I pierced a pinhole in the top of an egg (the smaller end) and a hole just large enough to fit over a 16-gauge wire in the other end. I emptied the hen fruit by squeezing air into it with a 3-cc syringe, and then filled the syringe with water to thoroughly rinse out the inside of the shell. (Much of the work of the syringe can be replaced by its no-cost standby, "ye old mouth," but your aching jaws may pay the price.) Next I cleaned the outside of my egg (the store-bought product can be finger washed, but fruit fresh from the hen will require the rub of a soft toothbrush), because if properly cleaned—both inside and out—the ovoid canvas will cause no problem of odor at all.

When the shell had dried out thoroughly, I set it upright through its bottom hole on a 16-gauge wire taped to my work table and began to practice drawing on its rounded surface with an ordinary writing pen. Soon, however, I discovered the indispensability of a rapidograph pen and purchased a $12 Koh-i-noor with the smallest available point (4 X 0) for detailed illustration. Now I start out my designs with the rapidograph and carefully fill in the drawings with shades of water colors and/or acrylic-tipped pens.

When the design is drawn, I seal the egg's top pinhole with gesso (easily applied with a toothpick) and mix up a polymer (EnviroTex) which I paint onto the egg and let dry for 6 to 12 hours.

This adds a super-high gloss to the shell and protects it as well, leaving the egg with a shiny sturdiness.

7/11/2008 5:34:56 PM

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