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Scratch, stick on, rub on...easy ways with Easter eggs.

The bold designs on these Easter eggs make them stand out when grouped for display or when given individually as gift-tokens of the holiday. The white scratches decorate plaster- and paint-covered foam eggshapes. Stick-on dots or rub-on graphic letters and symbols go on foam eggs or blown eggshells.

Foam eggs for scratching. Tools you'll need include rubber gloves, two coffee cans or large glass jars, a mixing bowl, brushes, 120-grit sandpaper, wooden skewers, and a large blunt-tipped yarn needle. You'll also need:

* A styrene-foam base or a scrap of wood with holes drilled in it

* Styrene-foam eggs, sold in craft and art supply stores (about 50 cents or a 3-1/2-inch-long egg)

* 1 pound casting plaster, sold in art supply stores (about $1.50)

* Tempera poster paints

* Varnish

Wearing rubber gloves, mix 1-1/4 cups plaster with 3/4 cup water until it has the consistency of buttermilk; stir gently to avoid bubbles. Now refer to the photographs on page 174 to coat and decorate the eggs. If you like, leave some eggs unscratched as bases for rub-ons and stick-ons.

Eggshells for rub-on and stick-on shapes. You need a metal skewer, wooden skewer, tongue depressor, and brushes, plus these materials:

* White tissue paper scraps

* White glue

* Spray paint or quick-drying enamel

* Stick-ons, sold in office supply and stationery stores (about $1 to $5 a box)

* Rub-on motifs, sold in graphic design and some art supply stores (about $10 a sheet)

* Varnish

* Eggs

To blow and clean the eggs, use the metal skewer to make an 1/8-inch-diameter hole in the small end and a 1/4-inch-diameter hole in the large end of each egg. Stir the egg yolk and white with the skewer, then blow through the small hole to force the mixture out of the shell. Rinse the shell and wipe it clean; let dry overnight.

Glue several layers of tissue paper over the large hole and let dry. Put the wooden skewer in the other hole, paint the egg, and then let it dry 1/2 hour. Refer to photographs at right and on page 174 to finish decorating the eggs.
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