Woman is eggs-actly right with creation

March 30, 1997


Staff Writer

FUNKSTOWN - How do you like your eggs?

Painted? With gold dust and curly, colorful ribbons? Or enclosed by a rose?

Marjory Brandt said her fanciful visions for eggs hatched about two years ago.

Last year, she painted incredible edible eggs - after blowing out the yolks and whites.

This year, she's substituting plastic ones.

"I've got a great imagination," Brandt said. "I actually started to make candle holders with the roses. The other idea just came to my mind."


Brandt doesn't start with a hard-boiled picture of the finished egg in mind.

"I pick up an egg, and it just comes to me," said Brandt, 54. "I match color with ribbons or bows, and go from there."

First, she applies up to three coats of paint to each egg.

Then the decorating begins.

She uses glue, acrylic paint, sparkles, stickers, ribbons, sequins, beads, feathers, stars, small chains, lace and miniature flowers to create one-of-a-kind eggs.

When everything dries, Brandt coats the eggs with varnish for protection.

Then she decides egg-actly how to display them. Some eggs stand alone, but others are paired with small, stuffed animals or artificial flowers.

Three eggs take about three hours to complete, she said.

Sometimes, Brandt gets impatient waiting for the eggs to dry, but otherwise, the process is not egg-hausting.

Most eggs are well-done display pieces, she said, but a few do not pass inspection.

"I might have an egg in my hand that slips on the floor while it's still wet and gets fuzz on it," she said. "Then I have to start again. I haven't wasted too many that way."

Using too much glue also causes problems - sticky fingers that smear the paint, said Brandt, who lives on Frederick Road with her husband, Bob, 58, and daughter, Victoria, 25.

Brandt, originally from Geesytown, Pa., avoids putting all her finished eggs in one basket. Instead, she separates them into individual boxes.

She cautions against giving the eggs to curious children, who may not turn the eggs over easily.

And she is egg-ceedingly careful with water.

"I wouldn't wash them," Brandt said. "Keep them dusted, using a light feather duster. They're fragile, but have survived being dropped."

Last year, Brandt decorated three dozen eggs. So far this year, she's whipped up 20.

"I guess they could show my personality traits," she said. "I like sparkles and whimsical things. I like bright colors. Maybe I'm happy when I'm doing them. I'm going to call them `Eggspressions.'"

Eggspressions cost $10 to $20.

Brandt also creates 50th anniversary, graduation and Mother's Day dinner plates. And she decorates photo albums.

Brandt, who enjoys reading poetry, said her artistic ability is natural, not learned from egg-sperts.

"Most of my family is artistic. No training, just an imaginative people."

For more information about Eggspressions, call 739-7908.

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