Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pysanky

Pysanky are Easter eggs decorated using the wax resist method. They are a popular tradition in Ukraine.

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The tools for making Pysanky are beeswax and a kistka. The kistka on the left is traditional; next to it is an electric one.

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The black egg blower requires two holes. The yellow pump only needs one hole. The green tool punches a small hole in one end of the egg. I have the yellow pump and it's very easy to blow out the inside of an egg with it.

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Wax is applied to the egg. The egg is then put in dye. When dry, more wax is applied and the egg is dyed again. This continues until the design is completed. The egg is then heated to melt the wax off, revealing the design.
 
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And the original, designed by Paul Maxum Sembaliuk , a Canadian artist of Ukrainian descent. 

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4 comments:

  1. I had never heard of Pysanky until this blog entry. Thank you for sharing. I love the picture of the four eggs in the glass bowl.

    Sam

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  2. I'm so glad you like them. I am in awe of people who are able to create these beautiful eggs.

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  3. This was all new to me. Thanks! Lovely images!

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