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Topic: Ukrainian pysanky eggs *tutorial*  (Read 17098 times)
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« on: October 29, 2004 05:58:58 AM »

Yeah, I know, it's not easter but I felt like doing some eggs anyway. I was trying to figure out if you could do pysanky at all on brown eggs when I found a tutorial on how to vinegar-etch emu eggs (which are apparently really good for etching since it's a very dark green on the outside, light blue-green underneath that and white on the thinnest layer). So I had to try it now. I discovered there's absolutely no need to soak a brown chicken egg for more than maybe 5 minutes for a colour change to happen. My local supermarket sells rare breeds eggs which are beautiful green and blue so I might invest in a box of those after I get through this box... No white eggs to be found but blue and green ones? Hey, that's more common than white!  Tongue
I noticed after I took the picture that the duvet cover on the duvet that covers my sofa matches the egg's earthy tones perfectly. I should make my next egg look like the duvet so it's camouflaged. Grin



Ah well, these are vaguely easier than normal pysanky... no messy dye flinging around.
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katycat24
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2004 06:02:27 AM »

That looks great!  I always leave it in too long and then have deep grooves that the black wax will not come out of, so I end up with black/gray stains in the etched areas.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2004 06:48:36 AM »

Beautiful!  I remember these from my childhood and have always wanted to learn to make them.

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2004 07:59:59 AM »

That looks great!  I always leave it in too long and then have deep grooves that the black wax will not come out of, so I end up with black/gray stains in the etched areas.

That emu egg etching tutorial suggests using a wax remover on some cloth. I've read elsewhere to rub some lighter fluid on the egg to get the excess wax off. I didn't think it was possible to etch the eggs that deeply  Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2004 11:05:25 AM »

Oh, definitely, you can etch right through to the egg membrane if you leave it in there long enough!  But I have used an etch called The Works toilet cleaner - hydrochloric acid works lightning fast compared to vinegar, but is hazardous to health.  I use it when working on goose and ostrich eggs because the shell is so much thicker.  Also, you can use paint thinner, etc., but I have recently been using Goo Gone, which works as well or better and is less hazardous to health. 

I've been doing eggs for years, so if you have any questions about anything, I have probably made that mistake and can tell you the right/easier way to do it!  Just pm me
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2004 06:56:51 AM »

Hi everyone,

I'm new and I just thought I'd introduce myself and what I do, which is pysanky.  Any other pysanky artists here?  Grin

Here are some pics of past creations:

http://zilla-anassi.home.mchsi.com/eggs.jpg

http://zilla-anassi.home.mchsi.com/pain.jpg

At the moment I'm working on egg ornaments for a couple craft shows in the next couple of weeks.  Frazzled but satisfied and busy Smiley  Nice to meet you all!
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2004 06:59:54 AM »

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wowza, I am in awe....... those are fantastic.
nice to meet you, btw.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2004 07:02:29 AM »

Welcome to Crafster!
Those are gorgeous.  I've never done them but I would love to learn how.  Any advice on the best way to get started?

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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2004 07:08:49 AM »

Well, you could do what I did and order a kit from http://www.ukrainiangiftshop.com.  There are many sites that show you how as well, namely http://www.learnpysanky.com.

It takes a lot of patience, that's for sure.  It's like, "I know I can draw a straight line, so why the heck does it look so terrible?", hee. 

I'm working on a page to start selling custom pysanky, slow going but it's getting there.  Here is an example of one of the pictures: http://www.zillashimmy.com/eggs/mandalafire_front.jpg to show the detail!  Pysanky is exciting if only for the fact that it continues to be inspiring and surprising, even 5 years later.  When the beeswax comes off, it's truly amazing.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2004 07:14:08 AM »

Truly an amazing artform & your work is INCREDIBLE!!!
You could do the real Fabrege eggs. I am dumb-struck by your mad skills!!!
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