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on: March 13, 2007 02:44:59 PM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by sunnyday
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Here are some easter eggs, dyed using a technique my mum taught me.
You place a pretty leaf or flower on a blown egg, cover it with a piece of stocking and secure it with a rubber band so that the leaf is pressed flat against the egg. I then suck some water into the egg so it doesn't float. Boil with onion skins for several minutes and you have a lovely brown egg with a leaf pattern on it. I rubbed the shells with olive oil to make them shiny but I'm thinking of washing it off and using spray lacquer instead.

I used the same technique with some blue egg dye too.





Edited by sweets4ever to include additional tutorial information/photos from later in the thread:


To answer a few questions:

I did the blue eggs with a packet of easter egg dye I found at a deli. I think it's Russian so I can't read the name. The packet is pictured with the eggs.

To blow the eggs you make a small hole at each end using a pin. I make my holes a few millimetres,or 1/8" to 1/4", in diameter. Start the hole by sticking the pin straight through the shell several times in a little circle, enlarge and neaten the hole by carefully chipping away at the edges. Blow out the contents then suck a little clean water into the egg from a glass as if the egg is a straw. Shake it around and blow the water out. Repeat a couple of times to clean the inside of the egg.

You don'd need to dry them before removing the stocking. Just wait for them to cool or run cold water into the pot.

The eggs are still pretty strong. If you are carefull with them and store them in an egg carton between Easters then you can keep them forever without breaking. My mum has a huge collection of dyed and painted eggs. She displays some in a bowl, some in egg cups and some hanging.

To hang the eggs, tie a piece of ribbon or thread around a piece of toothpick and insert it into one of the holes. I used scissors to score the toothpick in the middle so that the ribbon didn't slip off.

One other tip: You don't need to buy onions. There are usually plenty of loose skins around the onions at the supermarket.

 
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on: April 10, 2007 09:10:14 AM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by mirela
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Here are mine:








In this last picture see how the color did not stick on the lighter eggs which I did not wash before...

The brown/red ones are dyed with yellow onion skins.
The denim blue eggs are dyed with red cabbage and blueberries.
I actually boiled them with the skins\leaves for 15-20 min.

The blue are blue only when they are dry. If the are a little wet or oily they are a dark gray-ish color, but I like them anyway.
 
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on: March 13, 2007 11:44:59 PM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by sunnyday
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Wow. What a response!

To answer a few questions:

I did the blue eggs with a packet of easter egg dye I found at a deli. I think it's Russian so I can't read the name. The packet is pictured with the eggs.

To blow the eggs you make a small hole at each end using a pin. I make my holes a few millimetres,or 1/8" to 1/4", in diameter. Start the hole by sticking the pin straight through the shell several times in a little circle, enlarge and neaten the hole by carefully chipping away at the edges. Blow out the contents then suck a little clean water into the egg from a glass as if the egg is a straw. Shake it around and blow the water out. Repeat a couple of times to clean the inside of the egg.

You don'd need to dry them before removing the stocking. Just wait for them to cool or run cold water into the pot.

The eggs are still pretty strong. If you are carefull with them and store them in an egg carton between Easters then you can keep them forever without breaking. My mum has a huge collection of dyed and painted eggs. She displays some in a bowl, some in egg cups and some hanging.

To hang the eggs, tie a piece of ribbon or thread around a piece of toothpick and insert it into one of the holes. I used scissors to score the toothpick in the middle so that the ribbon didn't slip off.

One other tip: You don't need to buy onions. There are usually plenty of loose skins around the onions at the supermarket.

 
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on: April 02, 2007 06:16:10 AM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by M_Hatter
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I had the day off, so I decided to dye some eggs. Smiley



They're not as pretty as yours, or my grandmas, but they still turned out great. And I already dyed alot more!



My mom likes the spot where I put a knot in the pantyhose more than the spot that was left by the leafs.  Cheesy
 
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on: April 08, 2007 07:38:18 PM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by bubba*tink
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How beautiful everyone's eggs are!!  I tried too, but with an egg dyeing kit that my hubby and I bought five years ago.  I love the results!!  And it was so much fun!  We had a friend come over too, but I wasn't able to take pics of her eggs.





I made three more, but they kinda suck, so I left them out... Grin
 
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on: March 14, 2007 07:44:50 AM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by giantsquid
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My mom and I do the same thing every Easter, except we don't blow the eggs out and make them into ornaments we just eat them.  We also make ones where you cover each egg with onion skins and then wrap them with pantyhose.  The eggs come out really marbled and cool looking.  Its amazing how many different colors can come out of plain onion skins.  The people at the grocery store always think I'm crazy when I poke around the onion bin looking for loose skins until I explain to them what I'm using it for.  I never end up getting charged for the onion skins. 
Here is a picture of how the onion skin wrapped eggs turn out I found online.

One year I tried to make dye out of beets and it didn't work at all.  I hear red cabbage works well though for a purpleish color.
 
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on: April 04, 2007 07:35:47 AM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by peihan17
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I just heard about this a few days ago, and then I saw this thread, so I decided to try it out myself Smiley

Here was my first shot at onion skins:


I didn't have any pantyhose, so I just cut up pieces of some really thin fabric, which worked okay, but I think it wasn't all that elastic so it didn't hold the plant pieces on as tightly, so the outlines aren't so clear.  It's all good though Smiley

I posted up more pictures on my flickr of the process... I also did blue (red cabbage leaves) and yellow (tumeric) but I'll upload those later.  And I made green by dying the yellow ones a second time in blue... very cool looking eggs! Grin
 
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on: April 05, 2007 07:25:42 AM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by peihan17
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I haven't tried to eat mine yet, but I heard they're fine.  I brought some in for my co-workers, so I guess we'll find out Wink

I'm going to try dyeing some blown eggshells today, so I can keep some too Smiley

Hehe mmm onioneggs...

Oh, here's a picture of the other ones I made with red cabbage (blue eggs) and tumeric (yellow eggs).  The green ones are yellow+blue.

 
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on: April 07, 2007 06:25:46 PM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by riario
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I made some onion skin eggs a week or so ago but just now took pics Smiley


I think I need some practice though because they didn't turn out that well.  
There is also a turmeric (yellow) egg and a red tea (uh, it turned out grey) egg.

Happy Easter!
 
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on: April 08, 2007 05:58:59 PM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by Rhapsodomancy
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I tried this and here are my results!


I rubbed the eggs with a little oil to make them shine.
I stuck tape on one of the eggs to get those lines; somebody else posted an egg like that a few pages back!

They didn't come out as well as they could have for reasons I'll state further down.  Here are the eggs' 'bad' sides  Undecided
Bad Sides

The flora I used:
Leaves Used

What I learned:

-One of my eggs (not pictured as it was quickly eaten by my mum) exploded a little so next time I'll put a little salt in the pot just in case.  I also kept the eggs boiling for 15 minutes--maybe 10 is better and then salt won't be necessary.

-One of the eggs has a green leaf  Roll Eyes  In order to have light brown imprints, pick greenery that is a bit thicker--no thin leaves!  Pick things that can lay flat (see the random small dots in the 'bad' sides photo...)

-It may help to make the eggs in a smaller pot with less water so that the dye will be more concentrated (not sure about this one but Dad insists...)

-When you've got the egg in the nylon and the top is tied, pull on the top so that the nylon is very snug around the egg.  I think that this will ensure a better imprint and, because the fabric is stretched, the dye will be able to come through better.

-For the egg with the tape: It's better to either stick clear tape on an egg that's not wet and cold or just use the thicker bandage tape.

-Those damn pink expiration stamps!  Next time I think I'll either try washing them off or position the leaves so that they're not covering the stamps.  When done like this, the stamps are almost fully covered by the dye.  All you can see is a faint imprint.

I can't wait to do this next year!  But wait, who needs to wait 'till next year?  I can do this again right now!  Smiley
 
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on: April 10, 2007 03:01:08 PM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by Ginamonster
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ok, here's mine.

 
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on: April 10, 2007 11:53:08 AM 
Started by sunnyday, Message by BattyRabbit
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I made some of these with my mum and little sister...it was loads of fun and they turned out really nicely, other than a few pantyhose seams being apparent on the eggs. We used some really tiny, tiny eggs that my grandparents brought us from their farm...my mom has most of them because she used them to make a centerpiece, but I kept my favourite tiny one for myself :3
You can see a crappy picture of it here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/deadlychipmunk/S4021365.jpg
Thank you for posting this, sunnyday! It made for a very fun evening and afternoon with my family.
 
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