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Topic: Ukrainian pysanky eggs *tutorial*  (Read 16626 times)
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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2004 07:34:48 AM »

I think you can find beeswax at any major craft store actually.  I get mine from http://www.ukrainiangiftshop.com as I need the darkened sort for my electric kistky.  But other than that, any sort of pure beeswax should work just fine.
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elyhoo
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2004 11:36:54 AM »

wow those are B-E-A utiful! i have shakey hands... iwonder if i could do it?
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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2004 12:39:30 PM »

Sure you could! Smiley  When I do it, I just move the egg under the tool (while resting my hand on the table) and that helps when the hands are too shakey to actually DRAW.  In a way, you're sort of making a lathe of sorts by doing it this way.
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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2004 02:24:14 PM »

Hey Zilla!  Just came across this today, and wanted to say hello from another pysanky artist!  Here's a few of my traditional and non-traditional eggs. 







Haven't been into doing them lately, unfortunately. 
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tofucheesecake
« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2004 02:45:26 PM »

The region of Ukraine where my great-grandmother was from used very plain, simple Pysanky designs.  They are all based on the teardrop shape.  My mother and I still do them every year at Easter.  Here are three generations of eggs:

My great-grandmother's egg (the only one we have left...one of our cats jumped on a box of them and smashed all but one  Embarrassed):

Two of my mum's eggs:


Two views of one of my eggs:
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gaudiknight
« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2004 03:05:31 PM »

Wow, you guys make beautiful eggs.  Mine never come out that well.  But I am now inspired to spend all of break practicing.  Hope the parents have stocked up on eggs.
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ochenk
« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2004 10:57:00 PM »

Wow, you guys have some great eggs! I love them!

Here are a few of mine. Not as intricate, but I like them.



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« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2004 08:31:27 AM »

Hey Ochenk - your avatar would make a pretty egg!  I see you are inspired by asian designs, as am I.  They are so wonderfully translated into pysanky aren't they? 

I Like seeing all the other folks who do this as well.  Sometimes I feel like I am in my own little isolated egg world, since so few people do them here in Texas.  So few people have even seen them.  I have a hard time convincing people to pay what they are worth because they will not believe that they aren't decals!  GRRR
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« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2004 05:13:09 PM »

Wow, you guys make beautiful eggs.  Mine never come out that well.  But I am now inspired to spend all of break practicing.  Hope the parents have stocked up on eggs.


The ones I do are not too hard (at least not compared to the other beautiful, intricate designs in this thread!); I've found the trick is getting the wax to the right temperature without it being too cold or too hot and burning.  Yup.  It also helps to have the tool...we just use straightpins (the ones with flat metal heads) stuck into the erasers on pencils.  (You draw with the flat metal part, not the pointy end).   Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2004 09:46:09 AM »

Well- I have just been notified that my order from www.ukrainiangiftsh op.com has been shipped! I saw this post and became so excited about these darn eggs that I ran out (figuratively) and bought myself all the supplies the next day. *Sigh*
I think it will be fun to sit and make pysanky while it's snowing and I'm stuck at home...
Thanks for the inspiration!
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