Sunday, April 01, 2007

Easter eggs



I had a wonderful Saturday at my great aunt's house with my mom, cousin and aunts. We decorated Easter eggs using a Ukrainian method. In it you cover the egg in melted beeswax in different patterns and then dip it in a color mixture. This can be repeated many times thus creating complex (or just simple, like mine) patterns on the eggs. Finally, the wax is melted from the egg. Unless you want to use the gold dust, which is dapped on to the wax to create an embossing.

You can read more about the process and see beautiful eggs here (or just google "Ukrainian eggs"). On that site the directions have you using a special "pen", but mine are mostly done with pin heads and small cut feathers. Anyway, the basic method is the same. You dip your instrument in the melted beeswax and put it on the egg in places where you want the color that is currently on the egg to show. Then you dip it in another dye and repeat.

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Blogger Christine said...

I'm Ukrainian and have made a few of these eggs in my time! It really is a neat process and it's interesting to learn the symbolism behind the traditional designs. Your eggs turned out beautifully!! Did you do them free-hand or did you sketch the design on the egg in pencil before applying the wax?

(Also, did you use empty egg shells? You can do them on eggs that still contain the yolk...you just don't want to break them open by accident in a few years, lol!)

1:24 AM  
Blogger The Silver Thistle said...

These are great! Thanks for the link. You did a fabulous job on yours. Very impressive.

Sounds like you had a really fun day!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

The eggs are beautiful!

2:18 AM  
Blogger Sia said...

Beautiful eggs and really good idea to use those rings as an egg stand!

Happy Easter to You!

8:09 PM  

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