Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter!

I'm back from a Lenten blogging hiatus.

Let's start up again with something fun. I decided to try my hand at some Pysanky this year.  I have been wanting to try to make some pysanky eggs for some time now. I took some pointers from the internet and Youtube videos, bought a little kit, and set out. I have never done this before and, as a result, the quality of my eggs is decidedly mixed.

I tried to make some etched eggs as well. To do this you need a strong acid (I used "The Works" bathroom cleaner as suggested online!) to eat away at the eggshell and etch you design into it, having already applied wax to keep some areas from being eaten away by the acid. This works best on brown eggs. Once can achieve several shades of brown in the design by immersing the eggshell for different lengths of time in the acid.

This article has some great information on the tradition of pysanky eggs. If you are interested in the symbolism on the eggs see HERE.

Some pictures of my eggs: