Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cave Egg

This is a gift for a lady, who I don't know, who is right now driving my truck. Mark went to a caving convention in another part of the state this weekend. Yesterday, he made a misstep in a cave, and dislocated his shoulder. He made it out of the cave and they drove him to the nearest ER to set it back in the socket. He is better today, but thought better of driving my truck home. So some local lady who was at the convention is driving my truck back here as we speak.
The egg features a caver crawling in a cave and has bats covering the whole rest of the egg.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Acid Etched Brown Eggs

When dying eggs, I found that the normal store brand eggs didn't take dye well.  In my search for a solution, I read where organic eggs had not been treated with the same chemicals as the regular eggs.  The chemical treatments were what kept the dyes from taking properly.   As I went to buy the organic eggs I discovered that there was a national shortage of organic eggs.  Figures.

A friend of the family sells eggs produced on their farm, but it turned out that they only had brown eggs.  This led me to look into how to do pysanky with brown eggs.  One of the things I discovered was acid (vinegar) etching.  This weekend I finally had the time to try it.

Here is what I got:

You draw on the egg with wax, the same as you do a normal pysanka design.  Then, instead of dipping the egg in dye, you let it sit in the vinegar for a while.  The acid in the vinegar eats away the layers of the egg.  The longer it sits, the deeper into the shell you go, and it turns out that it gets whiter as you do deeper.

The last steps of the process involve varnishing the egg then emptying the yolk.  I am a little concerned about the strength of the shell as I puncture it.  We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pysanka of the Week

This was my favorite egg created in Snippyville this weekend.
This pysanky season I decided to try and create eggs with more precision than I had done before. I bought a couple of beautiful pysanky books and tried to recreate some of the designs or at least parts of the designs.  I still do not have the precision of line that I would like, but I am advancing.  That is gratifying.

I am getting anxious to create more free flowing and original designs, but I still need practice in the precise designs.  Time to mix it up a bit.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Break for Scissors

I took a break from egg art today so I could cut this
card for a coworker.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Franz's Pysanka

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pysanky In a Bowl

There are lots of ways to display pysanky. This is one of my favorites. My grandmother gave me this bowl about 30 years ago. I don't use the bowl often so when I see it, I think of Grandma. I love seeing lots of my eggs together though. It is like having all my old friends around.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pysanky Family

These are for a coworker. They commissioned eggs for each member 
of their family. On the backs of the middle eggs are the names of their 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pysanky from February

Process .... Pysanky Eggs

My last post showed the beginning of my work on one of these eggs. After dip dying and painting dye enhancements, these eggs are now awaiting wax removal.