I went back and reread, or at least skimmed, all my old pysanky posts, and summarize here:
To hardboil eggs:
Place (ideally) room temperature eggs in pan of cold water. Bring to boil. Boil gently 1 minute; let sit for 25. Eggs are ready to dye.
- dip eggs in vinegar to etch
- 1 dye tablet to 1/2 C warm water to 3T vinegar
- beeswax sticks better, candle wax chips better
- using liquid wax in candle is faster
- tip of tool must be good and hot!
For pastels, use boiling water method. Candle flame actually works relatively well, provided wax is very hot and "sheets" on egg. Then—and only then—does it completely wipe away. (I wussed out in places on this egg, as you see...)
Blue tends to be a very dense color. Try dying egg blue, then covering dye with wax, dipping in vinegar to rinse and dying in a pastel yellow or green...?
Sprinkling coarse salt? Dying eggs cold? Dying (esp brown) eggs with tea or turmeric?
egg decor, photo, post, 13apr09.
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