Have you ever heard o wax painted Easter eggs? With all those fancy egg decoration methods out there this one stays from year to year in our family. My father learned it from my grandmother and I am polishing my skills every year too. The main principle of this Easter European technique is to apply hot wax with a pin by dipping it into hot wax and setting it momentarily on the pre-boiled egg’s surface . Using dots and “tailed” dots different designs are created. Then you put your egg in some sort of cold dye and remove wax afterwards to reveal your designs. Several layers of wax and dye can be applied to create more colors. It looks like this:
If you have no idea what I’m talking about but you’re eager to learn traditional wax painting technique I suggest you to head over to YouTube and watch few videos like this and this (alert for cheesy music!).
So today I’m not teaching you how to decorate eggs with wax. I’m just giving you step by step guide on making your own “device” for heating wax so you don’t need to lean over hot stove and get yourself burned. My Dad uses it every year now to make beautiful wax painted Easter eggs. I tried to use it too, but although this heater works great, my hands are just too shaky to make any decent wax ornament. But you can bet I’m trying this year too! With this note –
Gather your materials and tools
wooden cutting board or a piece of scrap wood
spoon (aluminum works best when it comes to bending)
drill with ~3mm bit
screw and screwdriver
You wanna start by holding your spoon to the side of cutting board and marking a drilling spot.
It’s all in the picture. Just drill that spoon!
Now place drilled spoon back to it’s place and measure the bending point. For the wax to actually melt, the space between spoon and wooden surface should be no more than 3 cm (1.2 in). Use flat pliers to bend the spoon at 90 degree angle.
Screw the spoon in place. This wood was so soft that I didn’t even have to use a drill!
Place some wax flakes in spoon (I just grated some old candle) and light up your candle. You’re ready for wax painting!
We use either pin pushed at the back of the pencil or pin pushed at the chopstick as ultimate wax painting tool.
I just love to see the wax melting and imagining all those beautiful designs.
Can’t wait to see what kind of wax painted Easter eggs my Dad will prepare this year!
I even created a special Pinterest Board with beautiful photos depicting wax painted Easter eggs as well as some ornaments and designs to get you inspired. Check it out!