Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Eggs

I learned a new way to decorate eggs this year. You can make any type of pattern that you like. Next year...Egg Decorating Party at the Herzog's home!

Do It Yourself Directions:
Raw Eggs (if you want to save them, You can blow them out or carefully leave them. They will dry out and be fine, just don't break them or you will smell rotten eggs!)
Hard Boiled Eggs (if you want to eat them)
Hot Plate
Pie Tin or Tin Bread Pan (for melting wax)
3 wooded matchsticks
3 hat pins/ sewing pins/ dressmaking pins...ect (with 3 different sized balls on top of the pins)
Egg Dye
Tissue or Paper Towels (for removing eggs from dye)
spoons (for removing eggs from dye)

1.  Prepare Wax Station: Warm Beeswax in Pie Tin/Bread Pan over a Hot Plate. Wax needs to be completely liquid. Put newspaper under the Wax Station to keep wax from dripping on your counter or tabletop.
2.  Prepare Egg Dye Station: Following instructions on dye. 
Set up three stations. Station 1: lightest colors;  Station 2: Medium colors;  Station 3: darkest colors (To make colors dark you may need to add extra tablets...example: If using PAAS dye add 4 tablets for the darkest dye colors. Put newspaper under your dying stations to keep your counter or tabletop clean. 
3.  Prepare decorating tools. Stick the pointed end of each pin into a wooden match stick. Use tape to secure the pin in the end of the matchstick if needed. This will give you three decorating tools with different size balls on each end. This will give you more variation in decorating.
4.   Decorate Eggs: (Don't be afraid to experiment and make mistakes! It will take a few eggs to get the hang of it!) The beeswax is clear, so it protects the color of the egg or dye that it is placed over. To start: Make designs on the eggs by dipping the ball of the pin into the melted beeswax and then quickly making a mark on the egg. Practice your mark making first on newspaper if you want to.
The first marks that you make on the eggs will be the color of the egg. Then, pick your first color of dye. Then make more marks on the egg. (The second set of marks you make will remain the color of the dye.) Then repeat, make more marks and dye the egg again. You can usually anywhere from one to three colors easily. As you add more colors, get darker and darker. As you get better, you may be able to add more colors successfully. 

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