This is a guest post from a couple of our students, Kaitlin Cordova and Rebecca Morrow, on how to make training metsubushi.
I’d suggest doing all this over a sink, maybe outside. Last time I did this, I saved the egg innards in tupperware and made a bunch of scrambled eggs for me and my friends.
1. Buy one or two dozen eggs. (2 dozen pretty much guarantees you’ll be able to practice each technique a couple times, and probably have some left over to share with those who don’t have enough or to have some fun after it’s all done.)
2. Take a pin or an unbent paper clip and put a small hole on one end of the egg.
3. Make another hole on the other end of the egg, but make this one a little bigger.
4. Over a sink, blow through the small hole to push the yolk out the bigger hole. If you’re going red in the face and nothing’s happening, make both holes a tad bigger – you may not be getting enough air in or the bottom hole may be too small for the yolk.
5. Rinse out the inside of the egg so none of the egg residue sticks to the powder.
6. Set the hollowed, rinsed-out egg back in the egg carton to dry.
6b. On drying: Allow at least a night for the eggs to dry, preferably more. Better to give it more time than necessary than have wet baby powder that doesn’t work well. That being said, I’d suggest letting them sit for a few hours and then flipping them over. If anyone else has tips on drying methods, please leave a comment.
7. Once you’ve got all your eggs emptied and dry, it’s time to fill them up with baby powder! Standard baby powder works fine; you can use scented powder if you want. Puts lots of nice smells in the air, haha. 😉
8. First, put some tape over the small hole. It’ll get messy very quickly if you don’t.
9. This is Rebecca Morrow’s clever method for getting the baby powder in:
Get a 3×5 notecard and make your little funnel.
10. Pour the baby powder inside the funnel and, using a bo shuriken, pencil, or other thin item, stir the baby powder around so it actually goes down into the egg.
11. When it looks full, shake the egg a little to get the powder to settle; if there’s still room, add more powder.
12. When you can’t get anymore powder inside, set it back in the egg carton and tape up the top hole.
13. Repeat until they’re all done. You’re ready to go!
Editor’s note: Please be sure to wear eye protection and a dust mask for safety in training!
If anyone has additions, alternatives, or corrections, please post them in the comments section. 🙂