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Avian Flight
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2008 10:46:01 AM »

cool! what type of colored wax do you use?

I love psyanky (sp?) eggs. To explain, it's like tie dying or batiking. You cover the areas you want to keep as the visible color and dye the rest of the egg. So starting with a white egg, you cover the areas you want white, then dip into let's say yellow dye (always go from light to dark), then cover the areas you want yellow, dip into red, cover the areas you want red, dip into black. You cover areas with a special tool (don't know the name) and melted bees wax. To remove the wax in the end, you hold it over a flame and wipe the melted wax off. You'll end up with a white, yellow, red, black egg.

great job!
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2008 08:31:32 PM »

I am in awe...the detail is amazing! I love the blue and the black.  Can I have two favorites?
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2008 07:40:16 AM »

learnpysanky.com is where I got all of my information from.  The website is great.  It has step by step designs and even links to store in North America where you can find the equipment!  I just made my first one last night and it worked awesome!  I'll be posting pictures a little later.
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2008 01:29:38 PM »


Really incredible!
I can't believe you turned out all of those in just one day.

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2008 02:23:29 PM »

Sorry it took me so long to reply...

I am not sure those are real psanky eggs. They are made using techniques from a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, the Sorbs.
After looking at learnpysanky.com it seems to be the same basic principle as described by Avian Flight above. Reserving the spaces you want to be a specific color applying wax at the so colored egg, dyeing it another (darker) color afterwards and so on.. Only I do not use a kistka, but only cut feathers and pins, dipped in melted wax.
A variation would be using colored wax, after the egg is already "emptied", which will not be removed.




cool! what type of colored wax do you use? 

I use encaustic wax. You can buy it in blocks (at least in Germany)


If anyone has more specific questions I'll be happy to answer them.
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2008 02:28:28 PM »

some more eggs  Cheesy
my most recent:


one I did a few years ago:

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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2008 02:44:09 PM »

what was the exact tool you used for the little diamonds.  they are so perfect.  all the same size.   they are lovely.    you do a wonderful job.   i will have to look around for the wax  i have never seen that kind around here.

        thanks mam
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2008 06:08:33 PM »

Only I do not use a kistka, but only cut feathers and pins, dipped in melted wax.
 

I just bought a fine kitska and can't seem to get my detail that fine.  I think I'll try using your method!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2008 02:48:27 AM »

what was the exact tool you used for the little diamonds.  they are so perfect.  all the same size.   they are lovely.    you do a wonderful job.   i will have to look around for the wax  i have never seen that kind around here.

Thanks for your compliment. Smiley

I use goose or dove feathers. I carefully rip (not cut) off the lower side parts off the "stem", leaving only the sides of the top 1-1,5 cm. The stem has to be quite thin, in order for the feather-stamp to work correctly afterwards.
Then I roughly cut the basic shape and dip the feather in wax. Thus fixated I do the fine cut.
Sorry if my English is not totally correct but I do not know all the special terms considering feathers.


The reference scale is in cm.
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mam
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2008 05:42:46 AM »

thank you for the explanation.     mam
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