Monday, April 18, 2011

But when do you put on the decal?

My friend Lydia has seen pictures of these eggs for several months finally asked me, "Is it ink or paint?" When I am doing shows, many people ask me if these are stickers or decals or if I have a stencil I use to put the designs on.  I realize that I should post a general idea of how these beautiful eggs are made.  No ink or paint, no stencils or shortcuts, each one of these eggs are created using a batik process with beeswax and dyes.  I prepared the following presentation for my Christmas show.  It plays on continuous loop on an eframe.  Sometimes it is easier to show than tell, and with this tutorial (which I borrowed from a tutorial I posted last year), I am able to explain the process with pictures.  So without further ado:  Here's how I make these eggs!

There is no step three!  I mis-numbered these steps and skipped the number three, but I hope you can ignore my error and move right on to Step Four:


Ann said...

Please tell me how you wash the black dye off in step one. Do you need to use bleach? I've never tried this, but I love the effect you have here.

Katy David said...

That would have been a good thing to talk about, right? I will have to re-do this to address this and a few other problems I see now. There are various ways to wash the dye off. I generally use regular Ivory dish soap and a soft toothbrush to get off as much as I can and then put in full strength white vinegar for a minute or two to etch back down to white shell (or longer if I want to actually etch the egg.) Use the soft toothbrush to gently scrub the egg again under running water and you should have a bright white egg again. I have also used Simple Green or diluted bleach, but Ivory and vinegar seem easier.