Thursday, February 27, 2014
Herds of Ukrainian deer running your way!
I do take the extra step of waxing over the last color. This isn't always necessary, most Pysanky artists might tell you, but it has been my experience that when you have light colors next to intense or dark colors and you don't want color to transfer into some of those sections while unwaxing, I find that it rarely happens when it is waxed in it's entirety. It also helps seal and close the pores of the egg. I also will push my kitska into the wax hole plug and that allows any moisture to escape from the interior of the egg before I unwax it. Now, to the oven we go!
It takes 12-20 minutes or so, and I let the oven do most of the work for me. It takes a couple turns of wiping off the rest of the wax with a paper towel until the eggs no longer feel sticky. Let them cool, and they are ready for their glossy protective coat.