Would you like to learn how to make Ukrainian Easter Egg decorations with just a pin and candle? These eggs are unique and very different from the simple one color dye of my childhood. Ukrainian Eggs, or Pysanki eggs can be as ornate and artistic as your imagination allows. All you need to buy specially for this project is the white eggs and dye. So if you'd like to learn how to make Ukrainian Easter Egg decorations, read on.
Things You'll Need:
* White eggs
* Egg dye
* Paper clip or other egg dipping tool
* Candle (and a match)
* Pin with a rounded head
Draw a sketch of how you'd like your Ukrainian Easter egg to look. For a beginner, you want to think in dots. This artistic technique is known as pointillism. It's the easiest effect to achieve for Ukrainian eggs using the pin method.
Decide if you want to use an in tact egg, hard boiled, or blown. Of course, a blown egg will keep for year after year, so if you want to keep your Ukrainian Easter egg, you need to blow out the insides. Simply poke a hole in the top and bottom (using a hammer to gently tap the pin into the egg should do the trick) put your mouth over the top, and blow out the insides out the bottom. This will take some time and trial and error. If you squeeze the egg as you blow it will break! The larger you make the hole the easier, but of course, it will be more noticeable on your finished Ukrainian eggs.
Bend your paperclip into a ladle shape so you can use it to dip your egg. Alternatively, you could use a spoon instead, or you could use a store bought tool for dipping Easter eggs.
Plan the order you will "draw" each design by color. You will start with the lightest color, white, and end with the darkest color, black. The progression should be: white, yellow, pink, orange, red, green, blue, purple, black. You can skip any color that you do not want.
Light your candle so the wax melts, then dip the head of the pin in it. Dot the wax into the design everywhere you want to be white. You will need to continue melting wax as it cools each time you are ready to dot more wax onto your egg.
Leave this layer of wax in place, and dip your Ukrainian Easter egg in the next lightest color you want. For this tutorial we will use yellow. Leave your egg in the dye for longer for a bolder color, and for less time for a lighter color. You can start checking the color after 2 minutes.
Still leaving the first layer of wax in place, dot the wax into the design everywhere you want to be yellow. Just like before, since the wax is covering the white and yellow, when you go to dye the next color, the wax will "protect" the color underneath, but all the exposed areas will be colored.
Dip your egg in the next color. We will use red. Again leave it in the dye longer for bolder color.
Dot wax on everywhere you want to be red. As you get more skilled in this process, "real" Ukrainian Easter egg artists turn the egg instead of moving the implement. This is so you're never reaching around the egg to a spot you can't see as well.
Dip your Ukrainian Easter egg in the final color, which is purple. The artistic part is over, now it's time for cleanup.
Hold your egg over the candle you're using to melt wax. As the wax on the egg melts, wipe it with a paper towel. The colors you previously covered with wax will be revealed! Work slowly: don't hold the egg too close to the flame or you'll scorch it, but hold it close enough that the wax melts and loosens. You'll probably need to go over each section more than once since wiping can cause the wax to streak.
You're done! To display your project you can put your Ukrainian eggs in a basket, decorative bowl, or purchase small egg stands designed to display decorative eggs. And that's how to make Ukrainian Easter Egg decorations.