Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Eggs!

DH and I don't really celebrate Easter. Although, he did cook up a huge ham yesterday (after buying it to try to do an MRI scan on it at work - weirdo!).

On Friday though, I got together with a few of my friends to try making Ukrainian Easter eggs. For those of you unfamiliar with them, they are the intricately designed eggs that look hand painted:

Fig. 1: Some very cool Ukrainian Easter eggs.

I learned that they are actually not hand painted at all! Instead, one alternates applying wax and then putting the egg into dye.

Fig. 2: Naked egg.

Fig. 3: First application of wax (whatever is covered will stay white).

Fig. 4: After the first round of dye.

Fig. 5: After the second round of dye (whatever sections were
newly covered will stay yellow).

Fig. 6: Next application of wax (whatever is newly covered stays purple).

Fig. 7: The final dye stage (black). Now we hold the egg over a
candle to melt off all the wax.

Fig. 8: The finished product!

Fig. 9: All of our eggs!