- Raw eggs
(at room temperature).
candle (any candle can be used, but short, squat candles are less
prone to tipping)
stylus or traditional Speedball® lettering pen
egg dyes or cold water fabric dyes
for kistkas and dyes:
W. Girard Ave.
are traditionally drawn freehand directly on the egg, but beginners
may prefer drawing light pencil lines on the egg.
into sections (traditional ways are pictured above) and fill with geometric
patterns or symbolic designs.
areas a new color of dye will cover previous colors. Where wax has been
drawn or painted, any colors already on the egg will be protected.
and dyeing process
Heat the stylus or lettering pen over the candle flame.
Dip stylus into cake of beeswax.
Reheat stylus briefly over flame.
Draw on the egg with wax all the parts of the design that are
to remain white.
Reheat stylus and recharge with wax as needed to complete design
(carbon from the candle will darken the wax, but will not effect the
Dye egg in strong solution of lightest color for several minutes.
Repeat the process for each color working from lightest
to darkest, applying wax to protect colors that are to remain
part of the design.
greatest effect, use the dyes in this order. Almost never are
all dyes used on one egg--choose a color scheme that won't give
Remove wax by holding the egg near the candle flame until wax
is soft. Wipe with a paper towel. (Raw eggs will dry out eventually.)
steps in finishing an egg from start to finish
the first layer of wax on lines that are to remain white in the finished
the second layer of wax on areas that are to remain yellow in the finished
and beeswax setup
Removing the wax after gently heating
The finished egg!
Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh