Introduction: 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


ata1anta (author)2016-03-22

Beautiful! When you're doing the dye, I'm guessing you dab colors into different areas rather than just dunking the whole egg.

SoJeoL (author)ata1anta2016-03-22

The egg is actually dunked in the dye to allow for proper saturation of the shell. The only time colors are dabbed on with a brush is if the area to be dyed is very small. Thanks for your question!

rwebb1 (author)2015-04-11

My God - as an artist I am truly humbled by your patience and talent. This is absolutely beautiful. Did you take a class for this? Or is this just years of practice and passion?

sojeo (author)rwebb12015-04-11

Thank you! No classes, I am self taught. I don't know anyone else nearby that does eggs. I work on them almost everyday in my studio, if you'd like, please check out my website http://

rwebb1 (author)sojeo2015-04-11

Hi :) I absolutely will check out your studio! Thanks for the link :) I am sculpt an am in the process of teaching myself how to make BJDs. But I'm so fascinated by egg art -especially Pysanky- I've been very tempted to begin practicing it myself.

It must take a very steady hand though. I think I'll practice on chicken eggs first lol!

rskydancer (author)2015-04-04

WOW!!! i WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO THAT! That is ART!!!Very beautiful!

rmukhtar (author)2014-04-17

soooo beautiful

richb77 (author)2014-04-04


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

sojeo (author)richb772014-04-04

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

Carlos Marmo (author)2013-07-24

Herrlich Wunderschön!

sojeo (author)Carlos Marmo2013-07-24

Thank you!

mekennedy1313 (author)2013-05-07

My god! This is magnificent!

grannyjones (author)2013-03-28

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.

jhabulan (author)2011-10-16

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)jhabulan2011-11-02

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.

olywer (author)2011-05-10

how much does something so intricate will cost?

sojeo (author)olywer2011-05-10

Hi olywer,
This egg sold for $1600 on eBay a couple weeks ago. Thanks for your question.

ecstewart (author)2011-04-20

Gorgeous! Your neck must be killing you from the intense work. ;)

sojeo (author)ecstewart2011-04-20

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 :)

pneumadragonfly (author)sojeo2011-04-23

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)pneumadragonfly2011-04-24

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)pneumadragonfly2011-04-24

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!

poofrabbit (author)2011-04-20

WOW!! These are stunning, I can't imagine the time involved! Very well done!

Harata (author)2011-04-18

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.

sojeo (author)Harata2011-04-18

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.

So Jeo

reddt (author)2011-04-14

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)reddt2011-04-14

This particular kiskta is made by You can get an interchangeable one with different tips or stationary ones with a single size tip per tool.

Greasetattoo (author)2011-04-12

Do you have pictures of your tools you use?
Is this the same as Ukrainian egg decorating?

sojeo (author)Greasetattoo2011-04-12

I just uploaded a picture of my dye jars and also one of my kistky for you to see.

Greasetattoo (author)sojeo2011-04-12

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)Greasetattoo2011-04-12

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)Greasetattoo2011-04-12

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!

Honus (author)2011-04-11

That is absolutely unbelievably amazing and beautiful!

sojeo (author)Honus2011-04-11

Thank you! Your Platinum ring is so beautiful, I can only imagine wearing one of those in my dreams!

Honus (author)sojeo2011-04-12

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. :)

butterbeans (author)2011-04-12


GeneralMalfunction (author)2011-04-12

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 :)

ladycroft108 (author)2011-04-12

This is so beautiful!!!

wanamoka (author)2011-04-12

OMG this is so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing how you did it.

insomniaSAH (author)2011-04-12

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!

jezabel (author)2011-04-11

Unbelievably elaborate and hauntingly beautiful! Fills me with awe really. And hello from Ukraine :)

antling (author)2011-04-11

Cantik!! Amazing!!!

csiebe (author)2011-04-11

WOW! So Amazing!

sojeo (author)csiebe2011-04-11

Thank you, glad that you enjoyed looking at the process!

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Bio: So Jeo is a self-taught professional egg artist who resides in Nova Scotia, Canada. She uses the traditional Ukrainian Pysanky process on real eggshells using ... More »
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