|Czech-style Easter eggs I decorated myself|
Here's how I did it:
1) Propped up a cooling rack on four juice glasses
2) Put one tea light candle below the rack on a saucer, and three tea light candles above
3) Slowly melted the candles on top of the rack
4) Fished out the wicks
5) Added 1/2-3/4 of a crayon to each tea light. I recommend Crayola or some other high quality crayon.
6) Melted and stirred the crayon to give color
7) Warmed up the eggs for a long time in my hand because I forgot to take them out of the refrigerator early enough
8) Stuck one of those straight pins with the big plastic heads into the eraser of a pencil, to make my paintbrush
9) Experimented until the temperatures of the egg and the wax were right, so that the wax didn't cool and harden the moment it touched the egg.
10) Dipped into the wax, quickly drew a line or made a dot on the egg, dipped into the wax again, made my next line or dot, and repeated.
For better results, use some real beeswax. I also think the wax most likely to fall off is that which I applied too cool, which made each dot or stroke thicker, giving it too much height away from the eggshell.
Here are my better results last year in the Czech Republic:
|My mixed-medium Easter eggs 2010|
|Hand-painted Czech Easter eggs|