Pysanky is a traditional craft in Ukraine and Poland. The method is similar to batik - patterns are drawn on the egg with wax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Finally, the wax is removed to reveal the colors that were covered up at each stage. A layer of polyurethane can be added over the finished egg to protect the dyed design and to give a gloss finish.

Traditionally, the eggs were left whole. They would eventually dry out and become light. Some of my eggs are left whole, in keeping with tradition. Some of my eggs are blown to allow them to be hung as ornaments.

to see many other examples of these eggs, check out my Pysanky gallery on Flickr

Step 1: Materials Needed:

Pure Beeswax Block
Heat Tool (optional)
Paper Towels

Before you begin, WASH YOUR HANDS! Oils on your hands can get on the egg shells and cause uneven dyeing. It helps to make sure your hands are clean before you start handling the eggs.

always start with room temperature eggs. cold eggs will sweat marring your pencil lines or your dye.
<p>Hello, you can try traditional kistka or electric one.<br>It's highly recommended pysanky took because it keeps the temperature constant.<br><a href="http://www.bestpysanky.com/Pysanky-Supplies-s/60.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.bestpysanky.com/Pysanky-Supplies-s/60.h...</a></p>
<p>the pencil lines stay on the egg after wax is removed making an ugly finish</p>
<p>Wow! I have never heard of this before. But this is beautiful. How can this art be dying? It's such a waste to let something this beautiful just die. :(</p><p>My interest in the Ukrainian culture started just about a week ago. I met a Ukrainian friend who shares a lot about their culture and history. He sometimes even cooks Ukrainian cuisine for me! Salo and Solyanka, and his favorite, Olivier. I put in more effort to know more about their culture by enrolling my self in <a href="http://preply.com/en/ukrainian-by-skype" rel="nofollow">http://preply.com/en/ukrainian-by-skype</a> where I take Ukrainian classes online. (Okay, since I mentioned Ukrainian food earlier, I am suddenly craving. I hate it when this happens..)</p><p>He's told me a lot about Ukraine, but this is one thing he never mentioned to me. Maybe because men don't really do this sort of stuff? I don't know. But I'm sure if he mentioned this earlier, I would've pestered him to get me those materials. Haha! </p><p>Anyway, I would like to try to make some of these. I hope I can get all the materials needed. Thank you for sharing this!</p>
<p>Pysanky eggs are made using natural eggshells. Traditionally, women <br>begin selecting eggs several weeks before Easter. They look for <br>perfectly shaped eggs with a smooth surface. It is also important that <br>the eggs are fertilized, as non-fertilized eggs could symbolize a lack <br>of fertility for the household.</p><p>http://www.bestpysanky.com/Easter-Eggs-s/167.htm</p>
<p>Thank you for the instructable. I was given one of the decorating tools but had no idea how to use it.</p>
<p>Aamazing.</p><p>Ukrainian's Pysanka is so wonderful!</p>
<p>If you are looking for Ukrainian Easter Eggs pysanky decorating supplies such as kistka, beeswax, egg dyes, stands- please <a href="http://www.bestpysanky.com/Pysanky-Supplies-s/60.htm" rel="nofollow">visit BestPysanky online store</a></p>
<p>You can find all these hand decorated beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs pysanky at </p><p> <br><a href="http://www.bestpysanky.com/Easter-Eggs-s/167.htm" rel="nofollow">BestPysanky <br><br></a></p>
For the largest selection of pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs decorating supplies go to http://www.bestpysanky.com/Pysanky-Supplies-s/60.htm<br>Traditional and electrical kistka, egg dyes, beeswax, egg stands and already decorated Easter eggs are for sale.
&quot;<b>Kistka</b>&quot; means &quot;<b>Brush</b>&quot;, btw =) <br>
<p>Actually, it means &quot;little bone.&quot; Current theory is that the first tools were carved from chicken leg bones.</p>
<p>Nossa que lindo, mas n&atilde; vou conseguir fazer, bem a gente tenta n&eacute;, mas os ovos n&atilde;o tem que tirar a gema e a clara, como furar ?</p>
Beautiful! You have a lot of patience and a steady hand!
WOW! Nice!
The instruction series were well done. Check out the site Ukrainianeggs.com for ideas of various designs and supplies.
Thanks so much. My Russian Grandmother used to do something very similar melting colored wax, crayons, and dipping a large head pin, head first, into the wax and using that to make the designs. Dots, Lines that were fat &amp; then tapered out, etc.
Where did you get the clear rings to display your eggs? I did pysanky eggs many years ago after taking a class, and never found a good way to display them other than egg cup holders. I love the look of the clear plastic ring to display the egg. Beautiful work!
You could also get a clear poly tube and cut it using a coping saw or similar to make your own. It depends on how many you are going to do. You can also get the rings esmecat used at a lot of geology stores. People use them to display geodes and whatnot.
those rings are another item available from the ukrainina gift shop... check out tier website for tons of display ideas....<br>
Cool! my mom does this :)
I was gifted an egg nearly identical to the black one with the deer on it, over 20 years ago. It's one of the few things that I still have that has survived all of my travelling.
If you don't use the whole dye right away. Can you put the liquid in a jar and use it the day later. Do you need to reheat it?
We've been doing this for years, using first the traditional tools , made by my father-in-law from the cut up side of a soda can wired onto a stick, and more recently the electric kistky from Ukrainian Gift Shop in Minneapolis.<br>
where do i get beeswax?
you can get beeswax in craft stores like Michaels in the candlemaking section. you can usually get a better price through by ordering from places online geared toward making your own beauty products.<br><br> but with either of those options you are probably going to have to buy by the pound. for pysanky, you need only a very small block of wax. if you check out any of the pysanky shops online, you can get small blocks of wax... but more expensive per ounce than the by the pound route. <br><br>my favorite online shop is the Ukrainian gift shop. http://www.ukrainiangiftshop.com/
We have the same thing in Poland :) Its pronounced the same I guess but spelled &quot;pisanki.&quot; Nice tutorial too.
what kind of dye do you use please? is it food colouring or clothing dyes?
not food coloring. food coloring doesn't give vivid colors. <br><br>this is a special dye for pysanky from the ukrainian gift shop. it is an aniline dye and not food safe (so no eating the eggs after!)
Not to sound dumb or anything but where do you find the black dye?
all the dyes are available from the ukrainian gift shop - just google and you'll find them. these aren't the same as the egg dyes you get in the grocery store at easter... to get the vivid colors of these eggs, you need the non food safe (ie don;t eat the eggs) aniline dyes.
the designs are gorgeous. have you tried similar techniques on anything more permanent? like wood cut to the shape of an egg? i'd like to try this, but using something other than eggs.
actually, the eggs are permanent. these dyes are not food safe and the eggs are meant to be kept, not eaten. i have eggs (even whole raw eggs) that are more than 20 years old. actually, the whole eggs tend to last longer than the blown ones,because people tend to handle them more carefully. a layer of polyurethane(oil based) to protect the dyed shell surface does a lot to strengthen the shells. <br><br>there is also a tradition of painted wood eggs from Russia and the Ukrainian. you could definitely transfer these design ideas onto a wooden egg. i'm not sure the wax process would work so well though... seems to me the wax would stick in the porous grain of the wood when you went to remove it... plus the dyes would wick along the grain under the wax..... <br><br>to me, the wooden eggs and other replica style eggs lose something... the spirit of ephemeral and delicate nature of the eggs is lost. they feel heavy and clumsy in comparison. <br><br>good luck with your experimentations!
nice eggs, in Ukraine is possible to purchase the same :)
Another option: After blowing the eggs, put some of the vinegar solution into them with a syringe, give them a gentle shake and re-blow them, to rinse out the inside of the egg... never had a smelly egg.
This is so cool! I'm definitely going to try this! Thank you for the great step-by-step instructable!
&nbsp;Where do you get the kistka and dyes? &nbsp;Perhaps I've just never seen them at a craft store, or are they online orders? &nbsp;Also, what are the parameters on the dye? Would something line PAAS egg dyes work?
&nbsp;Oh, and also these are brilliant! &nbsp;the ones on flickr are gorgeous! My mom and I have been blowing eggs and hand painting for years (actually, she's been doing them since she was a kid) &nbsp;but these are a whole new level, I can't wait to do them with her!
thank you!<br />
most big chain craft stores won't carry these. i have one shop locally that does... but they specialize in gourd craft and use the dyes on gourds... <br /> <br /> the major source (where anyone local would be getting them anyway)&nbsp;is the <a href="http://www.ukrainiangiftshop.com/" rel="nofollow">Ukrainian Gift Shop</a>. the dyes are aniline dyes like those used for silk and bond to the protein in the shells. while you concievably could use the paas dyes, they are very light to begin with and would most likely fade very quickly. seems like a lot of work for something that won't last... <br />
Wouldn't a hair dryer be as effective?
no actually. a hair dryer blows a LOT of air. a heat gun blows very little air... and much more heat. <br />
Sorry but this tradition comes from POLAND not Ukraine. It's called "pisanki". I make this every year, I'm Polish though ;)
Actually, it is a tradition from eastern europe.&nbsp; ALL&nbsp;of the countries in that region have their own traditional designs.&nbsp; It is not specific to any one country.<br />
WOW!!!&nbsp; nice work and... they're so beautiful....<br /> The blue colors look awesome....<br />
Um, one more thing, do you have to use bees wax?<br />
bees wax has a higher melting point than paraffin wax. because of this, it is much safer to work with beeswax. you have to sit there and hold the kistka in the candle flame for a fair bit before beeswax will ignite. not so with paraffin. <br /> <br /> also, paraffin is a petroleum product. it can sometimes exude a bit of oil this can get on you fingers while holding the egg and transfer to other area of the design. even though those ares have not been waxed, those oily fingerprints will effect the way the dye takes to the shell. <br />
Ok, just wonder'n.<br />
Could you boil the egg first, before dying.<br />

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