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Dye Your Easter Eggs

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#1 Shadow



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:32 AM

I came across these articles while randomly browsing the net and thought I should share.

Dyeing eggs with silk.

You need:

Eggs (of course, that's the whole point) as many as you like to dye.

Old discarded printed silk cloth. Ties, scarves, old dresses whatever you can use.

Plain white cloth.

Twist tie strips or bits of wire

White vinegar.


Non reactive metal pan.

Vegetable oil or clear nail polish.

Cut up the silk cloths into pieces of 7" x 7". Likewise cut the white cloth into similar 7" squares. Now wrap the eggs up tightly in the silk cloth and then wrap with the white cloth. Secure the loose ends of the cloths tightly with the twist tie or wire so that the fabrics don't slip and set aside.
Take about half a pan of water or just enough to submerge the eggs and put it on the stove to boil. As the water starts boiling carefully place the eggs in the pan and add about 3 tbl.spoons of vinegar.
Boil for about 15 minutes and remove from heat.
Allow the eggs to cool completely and then unwrap the cloths. If all goes well then the designs of your printed silk will have transferred onto the egg shells leaving beautiful patterns.
Dab with vegetable oil to make the surface shine.

Your Easter eggs are ready!

Dye your Easter Eggs with Onion Skin

You'll need almost everything that was used for the above except for the silk cloths. Instead of silk you'll need:

Lots of onion skins

A few grains of rice (optional)

Tiny leaves or herbs or petals (optional)

Spread out the white cloth and make a bed of onion skins on it with a sprinkling of rice grains and herbs and petals if you choose to use them. Place the egg on the bed of onion skin and holding the white cloth from the corners carefully wrap around the egg making sure the onion skins cover the egg completely. Secure with twist tie or wire and put in boiling water. Add 3 tbl.spoons vinegar and boil for about 30 minutes.
Remove and cool the eggs before unwrapping.
Get beautiful mosaic patterns in hues of red,rust,browns and gold !

Note: boiling eggs for a long time will make them hard and inedible. You might consider using blown out eggs. But be very gentle while handling them as they're more fragile and break easily.
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