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Topic: Sorbian easter eggs - with quick how-to  (Read 5756 times)
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014 06:35:37 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2015 02:52:49 PM »

I've never seen this type before, they are beautiful.  I took a class on the Ukranian eggs which is the wax-reserve method and loved doing them.  That was years ago, but I still have my collection.  I keep them in old egg cartons in a larger box and bring out at Easter time.
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2015 04:25:53 PM »

Thank you for this! I'm Ukrainian, so I know about the drop-pull method of decorating, but this is different in many ways. And I like your tip about filling the blown eggs with dye to make them sink. I've tried emptying the eggs before dyeing them, but the fact that they float makes it very difficult, so I usually dye them first, then blow them out. (I only empty eggs if I'm mailing them to someone. Traditionally, Ukrainian pysanky are left whole and simply dry out over time.) But it's difficult to empty the shell without getting egg on the outside, and it causes the water-soluble dye to smear. This is a great way of avoiding that problem.

And thanks for posting the picture of your feather applicators with the ruler - they're much smaller than I expected!

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« Reply #13 on: Today at 03:22:48 AM »

Traditionally, Ukrainian pysanky are left whole and simply dry out over time.)
We do have one ore two old eggs from my aunt and mother, that did dry out over time. I was told that if the eggs are not perfectly whole they can start to stink so I never tried that. Traditional Sorbian eggs would be hard boiled and given to the god children on Easter to be eaten (and destroyed). Most of the symbols have a deeper meaning of good luck/protection etc.

But it's difficult to empty the shell without getting egg on the outside, and it causes the water-soluble dye to smear. This is a great way of avoiding that problem.
Before I new the trick of filling the eggs with dye I did the same. Dipping the end where you get the inside out into wax helps to prevent the smearing but it does not work perfectly as to much hot wax at once can cause some smearing, too.

And thanks for posting the picture of your feather applicators with the ruler - they're much smaller than I expected!
I guess those are some of the smaller ones, though not my smallest. Still the feather applicators can't be to big or they do not work well. It gets quite difficult to find the right "timing" to get the wax on the egg without the big applicator sticking to the egg.
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