Pysanky or Pisanki (pih-SAHN-kee) is the name of an egg decorating tradition coming from the
Ukraine and surrounding areas. A tool called a kistka (KIST-kuh) is used to write on the eggs
with melted beeswax. A kistka is like a pen (with a small funnel) using wax instead of ink.
A design is drawn on an egg with the melted wax and then dipped into a light-color dye,
such as yellow. The egg will stay white wherever the wax was “written”. Another wax design
is “written” again on the same egg, then dipped into a darker color dye, such as orange.
Whereever the wax was written in this step, the egg will stay yellow. This process is repeated
over and over again with different dyes of different colors. The wax is removed by holding
the egg next to a candle flame, melting the wax so it can be wiped off with a paper towel.
Three coats of clear non-yellowing lacquer are applied for protection.
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