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~ in many cultures, decorated eggs are a symbol of fertility, and they represent both the god, with the golden-coloured yolk, and the goddess; they are a symbol of life, renewal and rebirth, fertility and good fortune ~

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supplies:

eggs
salt
food colouring
water
oil
white vinegar
spoons
tongs
elastic bands
wax
q-tips
toothpicks
paper towel
aluminum foil
baking pan
sauce pan

supplies

some of the necessary supplies

instructions:

step 1:

prepare the eggs to colour by hard-boiling them for approximately ten minutes (add a pinch of salt to the water in the sauce pan, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for ten minutes)

carefully pour off the hot water and run the eggs under cold water.  Dry with paper towel

note: freshly bought eggs that have been stored in the fridge for a few days are easier to shell after they have been hard-boiled

step 2:

to prepare the food-safe colouring dye, add 1 tbsp of white vinegar to ½ cup of hot water in a stain-proof cup.  Add twenty drops of food colouring and mix together

note: if the eggs are going to be consumed after, use food-safe colourings

step 3:

decorate the eggs any ways you wish!  A few ideas include:

— to block off parts of the shell when dyeing, wax can be applied to the dry shells with either a Q-tip or toothpick.  Allow the wax to dry and place the eggs into the colouring cups, using tongs.  Allow the colour to darken to the desired shade

to remove the wax, place the eggs in the oven at 250 degrees for 10 minutes (place aluminum foil into a baking pan and place the eggs upon it).  The wax will melt away, and the remainder can be wiped away with wet paper towel

different areas of the egg can be blocked off with more wax, and subsequent colourings performed to create a variety of designs with myriad colours

wax

half of this egg was covered in wax before placing it into the green colouring; an elastic band will also create a pattern upon the egg after the design is finished

— elastic bands can be wrapped around to create uncoloured patterns on the shell.  Place the eggs into the food colouring, using a set of tongs.  When the desired colour has been achieved, set aside to dry and remove the elastics.  The uncoloured parts of the eggs can also be set into a lighter dye for a two-toned egg

— solidly coloured eggs can be created by placing the eggs into the food colouring (use tongs to avoid colouring your hands).  After allowing the colour to develop, run the eggs under hot water for a few seconds and pat dry with paper towel to create a diluted effect on the egg; alternatively, the eggs can be set to dry to keep the colour solid and vivid

wax and oil

this red egg was covered with elastic bands prior to colouring, and the blue egg resulted from oil added into the dyes (see instructions below)

—  to create mottled or marbled eggs, add a few drops of oil to the colouring, stir vigorously (but carefully to avoid colouring the walls or the table) and place the eggs into the mixture as before; different dispersions of the oil will create different patterns upon the eggs

note: make sure you are finished with the un-oiled dyes prior to adding the oils as they cannot be removed and new colouring will have to be prepared to colour without the oils

oil

vegetable oil added to the dye creates a mottled or marbled effect

step 4:

mix different egg colouring techniques to create a diversity of patterns

eggs

coloured spring equinox eggs with springtime flowers and rabbits

step 5:

allow the eggs to dry, remove the waxes and elastics from the eggs if necessary, and store in the fridge

clean up the colouring area and rinse the dyes from all utensils

give some of the eggs as gifts to family members and friends, or eat and enjoy!  Hard-boiled eggs can be used in egg salad sandwiches or eaten as they are

the eggs can also be placed upon the altar and used in ritual

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