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Kerman Stars Ostrich Pysanky Batik Easter Egg

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This wonderfully, elaborate batik egg was made using the traditional Pysanky wax and dye process on a real blown ostrich egg, which is sealed with a coat of protective, crystal clear finish. It measures approximately 5 1/2 inches tall.

The project begins by hand sanding the egg until it is silky smooth, removing all the bumps and grooves and also reveals a deeper, chaulkier layer of the egg that will allow the dyes to take more evenly and with greater intensity.  The egg is divided into sections and the design penciled in.  The egg is dipped into the different colored dyes and the color is sealed with hot beeswax applied with tools called kistky.  Etching of the design to create a 3 dimensional feel is achieved using acetic acid (vinegar) that eats away at the shell, creating borders and depth.  The final step is to remove the wax to reveal the design and varnish the egg to protect it and give is a wonderful shine.

"Kerman Stars" is the latest installment in the "Persian Rug" series of eggs. The design features four magnificent octagonal medallions surrounded by sweeping vines and flowers.  The details are quite remarkable on this egg and a close up view is the only real way to appreciate the finer elements.   To see more of my work, please visit my website http://www.sojeo.com.
rmukhtar5 months ago

soooo beautiful

richb775 months ago

HOLY MOLY!

That deserves to be in an art gallery or museum. Its truly awesome work!

sojeo (author)  richb775 months ago

It is in the private home of one of my clients :) Thank you!

Herrlich Wunderschön!
sojeo (author)  Carlos Marmo1 year ago
Thank you!
My god! This is magnificent!
We always removed the wax over the gas range with a dish towel.
Paper towels can scratch the finish, and cloth washes out in hot water.
Candles sometimes leave soot on the egg, especially if the wax is thick.
jhabulan2 years ago
Amazing! Question howdo u remove wax from egg i know how it works with fabric or flat paper...but this rounded shape is different to handle???
sojeo (author)  jhabulan2 years ago
Thanks! I usually use a candle to remove the wax from the egg but sometimes I use a little craft heat gun to speed up the process on larger eggs with thicker shells. When using a candle you hold the egg to the side of the flame to prevent your shell from burning and getting soot on the design. The melted wax is wiped off using tissue or paper towel.
olywer3 years ago
how much does something so intricate will cost?
sojeo (author)  olywer3 years ago
Hi olywer,
This egg sold for $1600 on eBay a couple weeks ago. Thanks for your question.
ecstewart3 years ago
Gorgeous! Your neck must be killing you from the intense work. ;)
sojeo (author)  ecstewart3 years ago
Thank ecstewart! Actually, it's my lower back that bothers me, but I've been able to get around that by sitting on a cheap exercise ball instead of my desk chair. I'm down much lower so that I'm not hunched over and my back stays straight. Hands are another thing, I get stiff and swollen in my writing hand, but I guess that's to be expected with this kind of work :)
I never thought of that! I have lower back pain from an accident and sitting for long periods of time can be excruciating. I am going to try the exercise ball! Thank you for sharing this tip! Also you do beautiful work, I personally don't have the patience for this kind of detailed egg-design and I doubly admire anyone that does! Kudos to your talent!
sojeo (author)  pneumadragonfly3 years ago
Thanks! Hope that the ball works out for you, just be careful when you go to sit down, the darn things like to roll away at the last second!
sojeo (author)  pneumadragonfly3 years ago
Thank you, hope that the ball works out for you, just be careful when you go to sit down, those darn things tend to roll away at the last second!
poofrabbit3 years ago
WOW!! These are stunning, I can't imagine the time involved! Very well done!
Harata3 years ago
This is a beautifull work! You have great skills!
Is there a way to put more steps? Showing exactly how to do it? I can't figure it out. The photos are great, but for anyone who doesn't understand the steps in between, like me, and it's really hard to get to do it.
Thanks!
sojeo (author)  Harata3 years ago
Hi Harata,

I think that this instructable would be more for those that are already familiar with the process, an advanced design. In order to really show you the steps actually step-by-step it would be best shown on a smaller egg, like a chicken egg with a very basic design. There were so many steps involved with this egg that there was no way that I could document it all, it took me over 3 weeks full-time work, 8-10 hours per day to create it.

I do have photos of a simpler design, if I get the chance I will post the pictures for that one also.

Thanks!
So Jeo
reddt3 years ago
awesome!!! i did batik on silk and fabric, but this is on a different realm. i am going to look for this electric wax tool. i fashioned my own out of different sizes of copper soldered it with lead with bamboo handles.
sojeo (author)  reddt3 years ago
This particular kiskta is made by waxartsupply.com. You can get an interchangeable one with different tips or stationary ones with a single size tip per tool.
Do you have pictures of your tools you use?
Is this the same as Ukrainian egg decorating?
sojeo (author)  Greasetattoo3 years ago
I just uploaded a picture of my dye jars and also one of my kistky for you to see.
Wow, Pysanky...
Learn something new everyday.

Thank you...

I used to do Pysanky eggs, (many years ago, 30 plus) but I used a candle, didn't even knew they had electric ones! Wow!
One more post...

Now you got me thinking, I may want to re-enter this hobby, only this time - Electric!!
sojeo (author)  Greasetattoo3 years ago
Electrics are very nice, you can also buy ones that are non-electrics but have the same tips, they are called "almost electrics" and they work just as well, but use a candle flame.
sojeo (author)  Greasetattoo3 years ago
Hi, I think that I can include a picture of my tools. They are electric kistky, 8 different sizes of tips and two different brands and yes, they are exactly the same ones used for Pysanky. Thanks!
Honus3 years ago
That is absolutely unbelievably amazing and beautiful!
sojeo (author)  Honus3 years ago
Thank you! Your Platinum ring is so beautiful, I can only imagine wearing one of those in my dreams!
Honus sojeo3 years ago
Thanks! I really like the Chiyogami eggs on your site- they are amazing! If you ever want to make a Faberge style egg let me know. :)
butterbeans3 years ago
incredible!
Your Pysanky are beautiful.. put's my attempts to shaaaame haha!
I'm going to show your instructable to my baba the next time I see her, I'm sure she'd love to look at these pictures :)
This is so beautiful!!!
wanamoka3 years ago
OMG this is so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing how you did it.
insomniaSAH3 years ago
This is GORGEOUS. My boyfriend's mother is getting the materials together to do pysanky for Easter - I couldn't even dream of doing something as elaborate as this, but it's definitely inspiring!
jezabel3 years ago
Unbelievably elaborate and hauntingly beautiful! Fills me with awe really. And hello from Ukraine :)
antling3 years ago
Cantik!! Amazing!!!
csiebe3 years ago
WOW! So Amazing!
sojeo (author)  csiebe3 years ago
Thank you, glad that you enjoyed looking at the process!