Pysanky

by Jay April. 24, 2011 3714 views

A strong-shelled egg, beeswax, a candle, a kistka (stylist), strong dyes and a bit of time: that's all it takes to makes these Ukrainian Easter eggs - oh, and a little patience, too.

These are the only three eggs I have this year. In the past when I had more time, I would start dying the eggs one week in advance, although traditionally it is done just a day or two before Easter.

Although I am not Ukrainian, I have enjoyed doing this since I was about 17. I had seen an article about them in a “National Geographic Magazine” from the early 70s and was completely taken in. My father helped me to make my first kistka, and I experimented for years until I got better. I guess I have made about five hundred by now and given just about all of them away, as one does with these at Easter.

Other countries in Eastern Europe make them as well: in Latvia, they use onion skins to wrap around the raw eggs, put them in a stocking or other thin material and boil them, creating wonderful designs and earthy colors. In some countries, they simply leave the wax to make the intricate designs.

My eyes don't cooperate along with me anymore as regards the details, and I don't have the variety of color dyes here in Germany as I would like, but it is a wonderful tradition.

Happy Easter.

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Veronica Wolska 8 years, 7 months ago

Ha ! they are beautiful. do you have electric kistka? your lines are so straight, :)

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Visualaccent 8 years, 8 months ago
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Graham 9 years, 5 months ago

really nice set

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Geya Besse Junqueira 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow, what a job and patience, bravo!

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Karman 9 years, 6 months ago

How beautifully Unique.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Yulia 9 years, 6 months ago

Where are new photos?

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Nikoleta Mladenova 9 years, 6 months ago

Happy Easter!!! Amazing eggs!!!

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Jacki 9 years, 6 months ago

Great work, Jay! This is so cool, I've been making Pysanky for years too!! In fact, I'm pretty sure we have some of the same design books! I used to have egg dying parties every year for some of my friends. I have probably 10-12 dozen eggs and have given away at least that many. You know how it goes... you get addicted to making them!

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Veronica Wolska 9 years, 7 months ago

and hey! happy easter to you as well ! :)

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Veronica Wolska 9 years, 7 months ago

i love making them! this year was the first year ever that i didnt as we went for a short trip. if you are interested you can see mine in last year blog

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Andrea 9 years, 7 months ago

Happy Easter! Amazing eggs!

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Penny 9 years, 7 months ago

beautiful eggs, nicely done

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Suzie 9 years, 7 months ago

WOW! Very impressive, I am not sure I would have the patience to do that. How long does it take you to make one?? Happy Easter.

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Patricia Gonzales 9 years, 7 months ago

What beautiful works of art! Happy Easter!

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Alison May 9 years, 7 months ago

wonderful easter post :-) where did you find these? nice set

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