How Pysanky Are Made
The ancient art of Ukrainian egg decorating is called Pysanka (Pis-an-ka). A design is drawn on a raw egg with melted bees wax using a kistka (wax stylist). The egg is put in a special dye bath. When the desired color is achieved, the egg is removed and dried. Additional designs may be drawn on the egg. Bees wax protects the color during subsequent dye baths. This process is repeated until the design is finished. The design alone may take many hours. The wax is removed and the beautiful design is revealed. Several coats of polyurethane are applied to protect the color and strengthen the shell. A hole is drilled into the shell and the egg is removed. When the shell is completely dry inside, the hole is covered with bees wax or a finding for hanging. It takes several days to create a beautiful Pysanka.
Etched eggs are made using an acid bath instead of dye. The design is drawn on an egg with hot beeswax as described above. They may also be etched with a tool. Eggs used for etching may have white, brown, green or blue shells. After the design is complete, the egg is put in a mild acid bath. The acid erodes the exposed shell. When the desired depth of erosion is obtained the egg is rinsed with water and dried. The wax is removed and polyurethane or paint may be applied to the shell, if desired.
How to Care for Them
Do not expose your egg to direct light for long periods of time as this will fade the color. When storing your Pysanka wrap it in white tissue paper before bubble wrap or newspaper. The egg may have an “off” odor after storing it for a period of time. This will dissipate soon after being exposed to the air. A little Tacky Wax or candle wax applied to the stand will help keep the egg in place. Remove the stand by gently twisting it. Pulling it off may break the shell. Tacky Wax can be GENTLY removed with Goo Gone and a tissue.
Beautiful Eggs by Jane's jewelry is made as described above. The shells are filled with resin to give them weight and strength, whenever possible. Some eggs are too small to drill a hole large enough to fill them. Egg jewelry is best worn against fabric rather than bare skin. Please use hair spray, fragrances and hand lotion and wash hands BEFORE handling egg jewelry. The chemicals in these products may dull the finish. If your egg jewelry has sterling silver findings, beads or chain, please be careful not rub the egg finish with cleaning products or silver cleaning cloth.
To clean Pysanky, gently wipe with a clean, smooth damp cloth. Never use any type of cleaner on the finish. If your eggs require more than a light cleaning, please contact me before using any cleaning products on the finish.