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« on: March 21, 2013 01:24:24 AM »

I finally got around to make some of those Easter eggs again.

I did a few sets of eggs


group shot of all of this years eggs:



I tried something new this year - dying the eggs first and putting colored wax on them afterwars. So far I either covered the plain eggs with colored wax or did the wax-reserve-technique where you apply wax on the egg, dye the egg, put on wax again and dye until you end up with a colored egg.

Quick how-to - copied pictures from my previous post about those eggs. It's basically the same technique as the drop-pull eggs

Just to avoid confusion - I'll be describing two similar techniques at once

wax-batik: colored wax on plain/dyed egg, wax stays on

wax-reserve: plain wax "reserves" color, egg is dyed, wax "reserves" color, etc, wax is removed at the end


supplies:
  • plain bees wax / colored bees wax (encaustic wax)
  • glass point needles (plastic ones might melt) on pens -> for dots and stripes
    feathers cut to shape -> for triangles, diamonds
  • spoons and candles -> to heat the wax in
  • circle templates, rubber bands, soft pencil ->  to sketch the design to the egg
  • dyes - I use plain easter egg dyes, but quite concentrated and with a lot of vinegar
    fabric dyes are supposed to cover even better, but they are quite expensive
  • eggs Wink

1. hollow the eggs
easiest and cleanest way for me:
on the day before
put in one! hole (if you have with one of those egg drills)
holding the egg with the hole at the bottum pump in air with a syringe, let sit for a while and repeat pumping in air
rinse with water, let dry

2. thoroughly clean the eggs
use sponge and water with vinegar to clean the eggs and remove any stamps they might have, rinse carefully with water and dry

3. lightly sketch design with pencil
use rubber bands to divide eggs, produce straight lines, sketch circles with templates
get ideas for design by searching images of "Sorbische Ostereier"

4. start covering your egg with wax
dip needle point, feather tip into hot wax, quickly print on egg
repeat (many times Wink )

for wax-reserve technique:
5. work your way from light to dark colors

use syringe to fill egg with dye, so it does sink down
use syringe to get the dye out of the egg, after dying
disposable gloves are great to protect your fingers
dry up egg thoroughly before putting on another layer of wax

for wax-reserve technique:
6. remove wax
hold egg next to flame, heat wax, wipe of with kitchen roll
polish the warm/hot egg.

Please ask any questions if I did not explaining the steps well. I'll do a few more eggs in the next days and will try to take pictures of the steps in between.


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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013 05:49:21 AM »

These are beautiful!  You put a lot of work into your eggs--do you have to do anything to keep them from year to year?  Are they easily broken?

Also, I love your spoon candle wax melter thing...what a great idea to keep many colors in small amounts !

Thanks for sharing your techniques and your lovely Easter eggs!
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013 06:05:57 AM »

They are gorgeus! I wish I was that talented.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013 07:03:06 AM »

These are so beautiful - what a lot of patience you have!!  And I too love your little spoon/jar wax melter contraption!  Thanks for sharing!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013 07:15:55 AM »

These are beautiful!  You put a lot of work into your eggs--do you have to do anything to keep them from year to year?  Are they easily broken?

Thank you!
I just store them in regular egg cartons. You only have to be a bit more careful with the wax-batik eggs. If the wax is not adhering good enough to the egg (egg still slightly wet when applying the wax or the wax wasn't hot enough) the bits that get chipped off of the egg and come again in contact with the egg  can leave stains just like crayons. Two wax-batik eggs rubbing against each other have the same effect.
How easily they break depends on the quality/thickness of the egg and any cracks pre-existing. It's certainly nothing I hand over to my one-year old Smiley, but will not break at first contact.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013 11:24:45 AM »

Wow, these are stunning!
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013 08:31:36 AM »

Wow! These are beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013 08:24:41 PM »

Gorgeous!  I admire your designs and patients.  That is an amazing craft.  Smiley 
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014 07:07:31 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial. Could you explain more on how the feather tools are made? I don't understand.  I do traditional Ukrainian pysanky but would like to try these Sorbian style eggs.   Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2014 05:45:35 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial. Could you explain more on how the feather tools are made? I don't understand.  I do traditional Ukrainian pysanky but would like to try these Sorbian style eggs.   Thanks!


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.

Hope that helps
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014 06:35:37 AM »

These rock!
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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: March 30, 2015 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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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2015 03:49:52 PM »

they are gorgeous...thanks for taking the time to show us how you made them Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2015 02:01:03 PM »

AMAZING!
They're so beautiful and delicate! And the work and skill that goes into it is jut mind-blowing!
Rocks for sure!
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2015 07:42:40 PM »

These are so beautiful. I would keep these out all year round. Why wait for Easter??
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