Re: [sig] Help! Need info on psanky
First off there seems to be very little evidence
remaining about wax resist eggs as done in the time
frame that the SCA covers, at least that I can find.
All is not lost tho -
Hmmm maybe I should re-edit my paper on wax resist
eggs in period and post it.
Get a hold of Venetia Newall "An Egg At Easter" if you
can. This is probably one of the more scholarly
sources of English language information out there.
Also google search <"Resurrection Egg" archeology>
these are the ceramic eggs that have been found in
If you are going to start painting eggs instead you'll
have to look up period pigments (a process I'm
currently starting research on).
If you use the acid etching via vinegar method...
Use red wine or cider vinegar (not a white or clear
vinegar) with as high an acetic acid rating as you can
get (which means it's going to be expensive) - that
gives you a pale brown/tan/redish colour. I have had
no luck in working with heated suet... the closest
I've gotten is something that gave me indistinct red
bobs on the egg - and that was with cooled suet
smeared on thickly. If you use wax and carve the wax
off with a very sharp knife and scratch the surface of
the egg a bit (to remove a bit more wax from the pores
of the egg) you get the most defined images. Soaking
the eggs overnight seems to work best. If you try this
out let me know how it goes.
Other egg information on the web... and that I have
not verified the reliablity of the info or if the
links still work (time constraints)...
In Ukrainian, and ones I haven't spent time trying to
translate via the small dictonary I have... so I don't
know of their usefulness...
Good luck and happy egging.
There was another Ukrainian link that seemed to have
some interesting info on it - and gave dates (one of
the muesums or art schools) but I can't seem to find
-Kataryna (so to be in the process of painting and
PS: if anyone has recipes/information/links/books of
Russian period pigments for painting, could they
please send them to me?