Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pysanky Eggs

Our internet service was down all afternoon so I didn't get this post up early today like I intended.

I wanted to show you the pictures of the kids working at their Easter project.

We learned pysanky also called Ukrainian eggs. I took a class to learn this craft many years ago.

It's been fun to teach kids how to do it.



We decorate the eggs the old traditional way with little wooden kistka tools.
I get all my supplies including the intensely colored dyes from this Ukrainian gift shop.
The process of decorating the eggs is using the stylus tool for drawing the bees wax onto the egg shell and dyeing the eggs in a succession of colors.

First the stylus is loaded with beeswax by scraping the cone of the tool across the wax.



Then the wax is melted by holding the tool over a flame. You can bet the little boys love this part. Art class with permission to play with fire!



It takes a lot of practice to get a nice line of melted wax to come out of the stylus onto the egg just where you want it to go.



After each design with wax is complete, the egg is dipped in dye starting with the lightest colors and working up to the darker colors last.



Alyssa followed some intricate traditional patterns, marking them with a pencil first.






This occupied the kids for several hours.



With practice, each egg became prettier and more well done.



The dyes make beautiful colors. It's interesting to see a yellow egg become green and a green egg become blue.



Here they are when the designs are finished- the eggs are covered in wax and ready for the final step. They now go into an warm oven to melt off the wax.



After a few minutes the wax is melted. Given a rub they become shiny and smooth.



Our finished Pysanky eggs!

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I would love to do this with my youngest. Well, the 18 yo would probably love it, too. Fire and art.

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  2. If you are the least bit inclined...I encourage you to try this. It really is very easy (kids do it!) and very fun and gratifying. The supplies are at the link as well as the instructions.

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  3. Next year we should plan and do this together... The kids would love it. I still have one of mine from HS.

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  4. More kids? After the amount of dyes that stained my wood floors this time, we'll have to work out in the barn!

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  5. Doesn't the oven cook the eggs? I always empty them out before even holding next to candle because I'm afraid parts will cook and then rot..

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    1. Yes, I'm sorry that is not clear in the blog post, but all the eggs are blown out first. This type of project is only done on empty egg shells.

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