Help! My pysanky are messed up!

And I don’t know why!  A week ago I went to make an egg and ended up having all these weird swirly marks when I put it in the dye.  I thought it was perhaps the fact that some of the wax splattered, and I tried scraping it off, but it happened to me again today before I even used wax!  Here’s the egg from the first time it happened:

The swirlyness first happened in the  yellow, and I thought maybe my yellow was bad, despite being brand new.  Yellow seems to be pesky like that.  But it happened with the other colors.

I made the blue egg after this, which came out fine.  There was no yellow on that which leads me to believe maybe it IS the yellow, but it’s so strange!  I’ve never seen this happen!

Today I was working on another egg.  Yellow was the first color so I didn’t even use wax before I put it in, but look at what happened!

Awkward white line...:-/

Smudgy, smudge, smudge...

So here are some of my theories:

  1. My yellow dye is bad, despite the fact that it’s brand new, and causes the other dyes to not take in those spots when I put them in afterward.  I say this because the other day when I didn’t use the yellow, it didn’t happen.
  2. I am somehow getting some random substance on my eggs (yeah, I know, that’s specific and descriptive)
  3. The eggs themselves having something on them.  This seems to be a stretch since they were from two different cartons.  But is there something they do in processing them that leaves a film on it?
  4. Something happened from erasing pencil marks with the vinegar solution.  I’ve done this my entire life and never had a problem, so I don’t know why it would be causing problems now.

Any thoughts on the matter?  Responses would be greatly appreciated!  Please and thank you!!!

February 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Crafts, Pysanky. 2 comments.

Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs)

Since I was 7 or 8 years old, every year during Lent I would make pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs.  I could write a million things about pysanky, but I’ll save those for another day.  For this post, let it suffice to say that I haven’t made the eggs in years.  During college I was  never home during Lent, and pysanky aren’t something you can do over a single weekend.  It’s a long process with lots of equipment.  So now, after 5 years, I’m starting again.

It took a while to get started.  When I went to make my first egg I found out all my dyes were bad.  I had to order new dye powder, which took a while to ship.  But now I have everything ready to go, so here’s a little progression of everything I’ve done in the past couple of weeks…

Here’s my workspace!

Where the magic happens

This is the first egg I made.  As I mentioned, my dyes were bad and none of the colors were taking.  The last color I tried was dark green (which you usually don’t do, but since it was already messed up I thought I’d try) and ended up with pukey lavender.  But the design is nice!

Before jumping in the dye

Awkward purple-brown color

These next two eggs I was able to make at my aunt’s house during the Super Bowl, before my dyes came.  I love this purple color!

Mmm…grapes…

This next egg I was a bit disappointed with.  Wax kept splattering where it wasn’t supposed to go and I scratched it off, so I got a weird swirly effect when it went in the dyes.  I plan on making this design again, but here it is anyway.

This final egg is my favourite so far.  I love the blue color.

Stay tuned for more eggs and some tutorials!

February 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Crafts, Pysanky. 4 comments.