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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 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!
White eggs come from white chickens.
Greeting from Poland. We have the same tradition. Many, many years... - WladekG
Amazing! Wow! I definitely want to do this for Easter!So pretty! - MakerBoysACE
Heheheh! It's actually not dying, but it IS "egg-DYEing"! ;-) It's also fairly easy and a ton of fun, which will amaze your nearest and dearest when you present them with a multi-colored egg. They usually won't have a clue about how you did it. Cheers!
I used to do pysanky every Easter for many years, having learned the craft in my 20's. I haven't touched the craft since I moved to Japan, but I still have all the equipment–lathe, beeswax, pens, etc. My co-workers will be surprised this year with some old, traditional designs, mostly based on yellow/golden "crosses" represented by 8-pointed stars. I've always used hard-boiled eggs and the 'dye' was food coloring, warm water and vinegar. The shells always ended up a deep, chocolate-brown after repeated dyeing, from zero, to yellow, to the orange/red and then the green/blue/violet colors. After removing the wax, I'd then rub the shells with lard or oil that protected the dyed finish for many years.This is a great "instructable" and you really should try it! If you have kids or grand-kids, 9-10-year-olds can learn this craft very quickly and the younger ones can still have a go at it, without the complicated "geometry".
Be sure to use a hard pencil - #3 or above - and a light hand when writing in pencil. With experience you'll be able to get by with minimal pencil lines and go direct to wax. Another trick I learned is wiping the egg lightly with a bit of scripto lighter fluid on paper towel after removing wax - cleans wax residue & removes pencil lines .
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