The decorated egg has had a place in history all throughout civilisation. According to Dovetail Gallery, the egg was sacred in ancient Egypt and was the origin of the world. The Persians exchanged red eggs as gifts during the spring equinox. They were the first people to create decorated eggs. From the Ukrainian Pysanky eggs to the legendary painted eggs by the Russian artist Faberge, eggs have been a fascinating art medium.
Supplies for Traditional Dyed Eggs
Dying traditional eggs is normally accomplished with eggs that have been hard-boiled and then cooled to room temperature. There are hundreds of egg dying kits available, mostly found at grocery and craft stores around the Easter holiday. According to Amazing Moms, you can create your own egg dyes. Pour 2 tsp of vinegar and 1 tbsp of food colouring into a cup that an entire egg will fit into. Add water until it's about half full. Dip the eggs into the cup with a spoon. Dry the egg carefully with a paper towel. You can create a marble effect on the eggs by boiling them in a dye solution and adding half a tablespoon of vinegar.
Pysanky Egg Tools
These decorated eggs come from Ukraine. Though time consuming, they can produce beautiful results. These eggs are made by putting designs on the shells with wax, over the various colours. When the egg is complete, the wax is removed to reveal the coloured designs. You will need to purchase Ukrainian Easter egg dyes, not regular egg dyes. You will also need beeswax and a Kistka, or stylus, which is a tool used to apply the beeswax to the egg. If desired, you can varnish the eggs with clear gloss varnish or shellac.
This is an item that is used to empty raw eggs of their contents so the shells can be used alone. An egg blower is comprised of a large, black bulb with sharp point at the end. This is attached to a metal rod that is inserted into a raw egg. The insides are squeezed out into the bulb.
A Dremel tool is a high-speed rotary hand tool. Use a small version of this tool with a tiny bit to cut edges, holes and scallops in egg shells. This type of tool is chosen for its ability to make precise cuts on the most fragile of materials. It can be used with chicken eggs, goose eggs and many other types of eggs to create sculptures, plant holders and other crafts.