New Pysanky Index
cuz I felt like it...

Here's a new index page for pysanky, just to collect the various instructions together, and also move it upward on the textile page.[1]

In progress, 2013. Nokia N8 phone.

Most of these instructions are on prior pages, more or less, cuz I keep forgetting to go through them before making eggs. By egg 4 or 5, the old memories have floated up/I've rediscovered best practices.

Materials:

  • dye
  • vinegar
  • hardboiled eggs
  • stylus
  • candle/wax
  • jars for dye
  • lifters for dye
  • styrofoam pad with pins for drying eggs
  • paper towels/tissues for wiping eggs
  • newspaper or similar to protect work surface from dye, wax, etc

Method.

Begin by letting eggs come to room temperature for several hours (overnight). Place eggs in cold water in large(st) pot, bring to a boil (perhaps somewhat slowly to help prevent cracks...?) Boil 1 minute, let sit in pot for 25. Remove. Allow eggs to cool. N.b., cracks will close back up again as they do. Soak eggs in vinegar and rub off resulting slime. This etches the shell so the dye sticks better.

Spread cover on table. Make up dye according to instructions. USA easter egg kit tablets usually require 1/2 C of warm water, 3T vinegar (except pink) and 1 tablet per color. I use bonne chance jam jars. White is very harsh, so I usually put on a base color. Dye is usually good for 6–12 eggs/several hours; then it becomes exhausted and muddy. N.b., cold eggs sweat, and making ‘dots’ in the color—quite an interesting effect, if desired.

After egg has achieved the desired depth of color, remove from dye, and place on pins on foam (3 pins/egg) to dry.

Light candle.[2] Heat stylus tip till melted wax enters it. N.b., it is the heat that runs out, not the wax—keep the tip good and hot! This helps to prevent carbon in wax, too.

Draw design onto egg. When satisfied, dip egg into a different dye than base (usually a darker one, i.e. blue over green or yellow; orange or red over yellow; purple over blue or pink, etc.) After desired depth of color (several mins to hours) remove egg, allow to dry thoroughly

Hold egg just to side of flame. Wax must be hot enough to sheet. Wipe immediately. Continue heating and wiping until unwanted wax is removed.

Enjoy:) If you would like pictures of these steps, this old page has ’em.

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20150913

New index page for pysanky, with instructions

 
20150406

2015 easter eggs, aka pysanky. 06apr2015

 
20130331

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20120408

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20090415

Though posted on 14apr2009, these pysanky were made in 2008. 15apr2009

 
20090416

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20090414

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20060416

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20060418

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20060418

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20060417

Triangle pattern pysanky . Originally posted 17apr06 17apr2006

 
20120501

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20040522

2001 wasn't a very successful year for pysanky. Here're 3 views of the best one. (Max image size: 500pixels wide.) 22may2004

 
20040522

This egg from 2002 evokes to my mind a coral reef. Max image size: 500 pixels. 22may2004

 
20040522

Old index page for 2002. Since I've gotten rid of the tag, this page is obsolete. 22may2004

 
20040522

Orange/red/purple egg 22may2004

 
20040522

How I make my Variation on Traditional Pysanky 22may2004

 
20040522

Basic (text-only) instruction for making a pysanky stylus. Picture of the finished product only, sorry. 22may2004

 
20040522

This link used to be deeply buried, which is why there's no pix. My defense for making pysanky even if you have no religious investment in Easter. 22may2004

 
20000401

Eggs dyed for Easter 2000 01apr2000

 

[1]Pages go by creation date which works great, except when I keep adding new stuff to indices...I'm a terrible software designer.

[2]Hair should be tied back, no loose sleeves, etc.