I am by no means an expert at this and I apologize to all of the real Pysanky experts, heck I'm not even Ukrainian!
My old supplier wanted a blood sample to prove I was Ukrainian. Do you know how embarrassing it is to approach random strangers and ask if they are Ukrainian and if I could buy a bit of blood from them? Well it is, so you can kind of say these supplies were bought with blood money!
So here we go. A non Ukrainian Pysanky tutorial:
You will want your eggs at room temperature. Wash eggs thoroughly and wipe with vinegar. You can create your pattern with a light leaded pencil. I use an elastic to try and keep my lines straight. I find wine helps with that!
You start with the lightest color you want on the egg, which is usually white. Everything you want to remain that color, cover with wax, using the kistka. My wax is red colored so the wax is red on the egg!
Then you dye the egg the next color working from light to dark, mine being yellow
Wherever the wax is, the dye will not penetrate. You keep going until you come to your darkest color which is usually black.
You end up with an egg covered with wax. Now you remove the wax with the side of a candle flame.
If you go over top of the flame it will leave scorch marks on your egg. Wipe with a paper towel, repeat beside flame and wipe until wax is removed.
|Oops, I had trouble staying in the lines...blame it on the raspberry wine!|
I use a dremel with a pointed carbide burr bit and create a small hole at each end of the egg. Blow the contents into the sink or compost as the egg insides are not useable. I rest my blown egg on a skewer poked in styrofoam and spray a coat of sealer over it.
|This one got two coats.|
A gem is applied with hot glue to each end of the egg and it is placed in a fancy, crazy expensive egg holder from a far away land.
And if you stand back, way back....it looks pretty good...right?
In fact you might say to yourself, "Self, she is totally Ukrainian!"
Enjoy your perfect dust collector!
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