In this Easter Monday post, I want to share with you something that I've been doing since I was a child, decorating Easter eggs. My background is Hungarian, and decorating eggs with dyes and wax is an Eastern European tradition - though it is the Ukrainians that are most famous for their eggs. So, most of the eggs I've made throughout the years use Ukrainian tools, dyes, designs and patterns.
Ukrainians call the dyed and designed eggs 'pysanky' and if you would like to know more about the process, visit the Ukrainian Gift Shop's webpage here. I was lucky enough to go to this store when I visited Minneapolis and it is really neat to see all of the products on display.
In order to create pysanky, you need several different colours of egg dye (about 4 or 5 for a nice colourful effect), beeswax, a kistka and an egg. Oh, and several hours!
|Kistka (all images from Ukrainian Gift Shop)|
This is a tool to put the wax on the egg. You simply put a bit of beeswax in the funnel at the end and hold it over a candle flame for a few seconds so the wax can melt. Then, using the tip, you draw lines, circles, patterns and designs on the egg.
And here's my egg I made Easter Sunday...
|Other side view|