every easter while we were growing up, we made ukrainian eggs with the help of our mom. we love how beautiful the traditional eggs are, whose patterns are intricate and geometric, but they are truly time consuming! we wanted to use the same great method—drawing over the egg using a kistka, or stylus, filled with hot beeswax—to make a simpler version. here we used the traditional technique to create graphic designs and monogram initials to use as decoration for a spring party or as place settings and favors. twenty years ago, our mom got the supplies from surma’s ukrainian shop in new york, and today we are using the same resource, though many of these supplies can be found at craft stores. -the bbb craft sisters
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- beeswax chunk
- 1 kistka (stylus)
- egg blower
- egg dyes
- paper towels
- egg dipper
- assortment of glass jars for mixing dye
- setting powder or vinegar
- rubber gloves (optional—for keeping hands from staining)
1. blow out eggs using an egg blower (you can also poke holes in either side of the egg and blow out with your mouth, but this takes much longer!). set in egg carton to drain and dry. it’s best to do this step days ahead of time so that your eggs will dry out. the egg white removes the dye, so you want to make sure they are entirely dry before dying.
2. mix dyes according to directions. we used Surma’s dyes with setting powder because we love the rich colors, and the colors can be layered.
3. plan pattern and colors. whatever you cover with wax will stay the color underneath it. we made many of these simple, using the natural white of the egg and one color. you can dye the egg first in the lightest color you’re going to use, decorate with wax, then dye again in a darker color.
4. light candle. heat kistka in the flame, fill kistka with beeswax and cover hole(s) that you made in the egg to blow it out with a small dot of beeswax. this prevents the dye from getting inside of the egg when you dip it.
5. now you can use the kistka as a drawing utensil on the egg to create any pattern or design you like. you will have to continually reheat kistka and refill with beeswax.
6. once you have created a design on the base color (in our case, white), dip egg in the next color you desire, starting with the lightest color. we only dipped these in one color to simplify the process, but we could have dipped it in pink first, drawn more lines that would come out pink, and dipped it in black for a finishing color.
7. when you have the desired design and color you like, slowly wave the surface of the egg by the flame until the beeswax becomes shiny and melted. wipe off with a paper towel. repeat this process over the whole egg until it reveals the color underneath the wax, and continue until there is no more wax on your egg.