these eggs are just amazing. i missed an oppurtunity to go to a workshop to learn how to make them. has anyone here ever made them ? is it easy .. hard ? seems like there are thousands of designs you could put on them.
The only ones I have seen that are not in a store where made by hubby's Grandmother. she was from Poland, although I think most of the slavic countries are quite skilled in this art. You are so right they are gorgeous. Grandma would do one for each child each year. In later years, her eyes were too bad. Hubby had his for years and then one day we couldn't find it. They are very labor intensive, or at least Grandma's were, but if you have one treasure it!! I had forgotten about them, thanks for a great trip down memory lane.
id say its a long process because you have to wate for the wax to dry but depending on what you are putting on I dont think it would be hard. I didnt read the full thing but my guess is, wax your desighn dip in dye, Wax the deisghn dip in dye onces its done all the wax is peeled. Then shined somehow.
My uncle did some real cool things with eggs. im gonna google and see if i can find some he did (he sold many of them) or something like what he did. he used ostrage, chicken, swan, and duck eggs. I found this. its kinda like what he did but the ones he did were just fab. http://wysiwigs.homestead.com/files/AllHeartOstrich.jpg
The one he did that i rember the most was wonderfull. it was done with 2 ostrage eggs. One egg was used as a box almost, the frount opened up it had willow trees cut into it and there was silver stuff around it (I think glitter but i cant rember for sure) when you opened the doors you could see how the other egg was used. there were 2 swans and a wliiow tree. it was so wonderfull. it was not painted or anything like that.
others were cut into and painted, each had its own stand and something covering the holes that were put in to blow the egg out. all his were like little worlds though. they all had something in the egg. be it a open birds nest with little birds all natural looking, or a pink carrage with a little lady in it.
At first he would blow them and send them to someone to have done but after a wile he started trying to do them his self and he got real good.
if I can find ones that look more like his ill post the pics
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name
To make them you start light and work to dark, you draw with the melted wax with a pen type thing, you scoop the wax and melt it, and it comes out through a small hole, very much like a funnel. Any thing you want left white, you color it, then you soak the egg in the yellow dye. Anything you want yellow you color now, and move on to soaking in the next dye. Finishing with the black. Now the dyes we used to do it took a day or more to color nicely, so it was a lenthy process. You also dont blow them out until you are done, sooo it tends to be very very very gross.