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Egg Ornaments

white egg and kistka

I began my business by selling handmade batik egg ornaments at local farmer's markets and craft shows, as longtime fans of ALC Unlimited will remember.

Here are the photos and steps in case anyone finds it useful or interesting.

yellow egg with wax decoration

ALC Unlimited eggs were real chicken eggs that were batik-dyed by using hot wax to cover areas before switching to the next color of dye.

All of the egg ornaments were handmade by me using the traditional wax resistance method; however, I did use a modern electric kistka.

egg with wax melting to reveal multiple colors

The eggs were then varnished and a finding was glued on to turn the egg into a hanging ornament.

Eggs could be decorated as a unique gift for any occasion: Easter, Christmas, birthday, wedding, anniversary... The possibilities are unlimited!

Here is a description of the step by step process for making the egg ornaments:

  1. I start with a chicken egg that has been blown, so it is just an empty shell with a small hole on the end. I use a tool called a "kistka" to apply hot beeswax. First, I divide the egg into sections.
  2. Then I use the wax to cover all of the areas I want to stay white before I dye the egg yellow.
  3. The wax protects the white areas from becoming yellow in the yellow dye. Now I cover all of the areas I want to stay yellow before I dye the egg pink.
  4. The parts of the final design that will be white and yellow are already covered with wax. Now I cover the areas I want to stay pink.
  5. The egg is now ready for the final dye. I dye it dark green. This will be the background color.
  6. It's time for the most exciting part -- melting the wax! I melt the wax off the egg to reveal my beautiful designs.
egg ornament hanging on display stand

Thank you for your support over the years!

I don't decorate eggs anymore at this time, too busy tending the garden and raising a family.

If you were fortunate enough to get an ALC original, remember there is a small butterfly hidden somewhere in the design.

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