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  • LisaL135 commented on esmecat's instructable Pysanky - Ukrainian Egg Dying7 months ago
    Pysanky - Ukrainian Egg Dying

    I've found that trying to use was chips or the tiny heart forms and such is a major hassle. I've found (unfortunately, no clue where!) a flat-topped, beeswax "cone" that I simply drag/dip my hot kistka across to fill with wax. Works great!I learned how to do pysanky in Rome, New York in 1985-ish. I believe the kit we got in the class was from the gift shop mentioned below. Come to think of it, the kit was probably one of the basic "paper bag" kits mentioned on their web site! One or two Kistke, a small wax cake and about 6 basic colors. Being first active duty Air Force then an U.S.A.F. dependant and living all over the world, my pysanky supplies have followed me; I still have the original kistkes! An electric kistka with several different tip sizes, several addition...see more »I've found that trying to use was chips or the tiny heart forms and such is a major hassle. I've found (unfortunately, no clue where!) a flat-topped, beeswax "cone" that I simply drag/dip my hot kistka across to fill with wax. Works great!I learned how to do pysanky in Rome, New York in 1985-ish. I believe the kit we got in the class was from the gift shop mentioned below. Come to think of it, the kit was probably one of the basic "paper bag" kits mentioned on their web site! One or two Kistke, a small wax cake and about 6 basic colors. Being first active duty Air Force then an U.S.A.F. dependant and living all over the world, my pysanky supplies have followed me; I still have the original kistkes! An electric kistka with several different tip sizes, several additional colors, and an egg lathe (for draw in straight lines around the egg) has joined the kit, but it's still very basic. Pysanky IS a very basic craft. It's the artists SKILL that makes it gorgeous!!!I usually blow my eggs then carefully seal the holes with wax. To keep them submerged in the dye (which glass canning jars are the perfect size for doing pysanky!), use a partially filled school-glue bottle gently placed on top of the egg and turn the egg occasionally. (All of this pysanky talk makes me want to get my supplies out and dig in!! There are several awesome suggestions that will be used. Thanks to all!!!)I've been to the shop two or three times (family still lives there), and ordered online from the Ukranian Gift Shop in Minnesota, < www.ukrainiangift shop.com >. The first time I was there, Marie Procai, Luba Perchyshyn and Johanna Luciow were all there. It was an honor to meet the great ladies of American Pysanka!

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