How to make Pysanky

 

“How do you make pysanky?”  is usually one of the first questions people unfamiliar with the art form ask me.  I’ve put together a tutorial of sorts here to show the tools I use as well as the process.

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Farm fresh eggs (from my own chickens and ducks)

Sharp pencil(s)

Spaghetti shaped beeswax strips

Ivory dish liquid

 

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Kistka writing tool (I use both electric and candle powered)

 

 

 

 

Paper towels (I prefer Viva brand as they are very soft and don’t leave a pattern on a freshly removed from the dye egg)

Slotted spoon in a cup of water (I dip the spoon into the water in between egg dyeing)

Art lathe for dividing the egg up equally (some people also use wide rubber bands)

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Good lighting

Favorite music source

Aniline dyes (LOTS of aniline dyes!)

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.Draw pencil marks on the white egg

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.Wax over all areas to remain white

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Dip egg in yellow dye.  Remove, dry egg off and wax over all areas to remain yellow.

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Dip egg in red dye.  Remove, dry egg off and wax over all areas to remain red.

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Dip egg in black dye.  This is the final color.  Let dry for several hours or overnight before emptying the egg and removing the wax.

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.The final product after varnishing.  It will last for years!

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