Pysankarstvo 2


6B. Pysankarstvo (the art of pysanka-making)       

Creating a Pysanka

This is a large section, and is basically “Advanced Pysankarstvo.”  I have taken the step-by step instructions from “The Basic Steps” and expanded them, expounding at length on the minutiae of the process.  I not only discuss the way that I make pysanky, but add information that has been passed on to me by other pysanka makers.   It is advanced not in the sense of being difficult, but more detailed.

There are many subsections with  lots of pages; only those that are underlined have been written and posted on-line.  The others will be filed in as I get to them.


                    Gather Supplies

                    Prepare a Work Space

                    Work Surface              

                    Selecting and Preparing Eggs

                    Handling Eggs

                    Selecting a Design

                    Fire Safety                 

            Applying the Design in Pencil

                    Choosing and Using Pencils

                    Choosing and Using Erasers

                    Finding the Top and Bottom of an Egg

                    Drawing Simple Divisions

                    Using a Craft Lathe

                    Using Templates

                    Using a Measuring Tape

                    Removing Pencil Lines

            Applying the Design in Wax

                    Before Applying the Wax

                    Selecting a Stylus

                    Using a Traditional Stylus

                    Using an Electric Stylus

                    Clearing a Clogged Tip

                    Tips and Techniques of Wax Application

                    Drop-Pull Pysanky


                    Brown Egg Pysanky

                    Removing the Wax

            Dyeing Pysanky

                    The Dyeing Table

                    The Vinegar Rinse

                    Dyeing a Pysanka

                    Natural Dyes

                    Dyeing Brown Eggs

                    Dye and Color Sequences

                    The Rules of Dyeing

                    Pastel Dyes

                    Dye Removal

                    The Water Rinse

                    Bleached Pysanky

                    The Orange Rinse

                    Problems and Their Solutions

            Wax Removal

                    Heat Removal



                        Oil Lamp

                        Alcohol Lamp

                        Halogen Lamp

                        Microwave Oven

                        Toaster Oven

                        Hair Dryer

                        Heat Gun

                        Hot Oil


                   Chemical Dissolution




                    Finishing Up

                        Residual Wax


          Finishing Up a Pysanka

                 Touching Up

                        Touching Up


                        “Natural” Finishes

                        About varnishes

                        Varnishing your pysanka

                        Drying Racks for your pysanka


                        Emptying out your pysanka

                        Making your own “turbo” Blas-Fix

                        Rinsing out your pysanka

                        Draining your pysanka


                        Preservation methods

            Troubleshooting and Repairs

                    Common Problems                   

                    Repairing a Cracked Egg

                    Touching Up

            Storing and Displaying Pysanky

                    How to Store  Pysanky

                    How to Display Pysanky


Designing and Writing Pysanky

This is a newer section about how to design pysanky, i.e. how to actually create the divisions and motifs found on traditional and diasporan pysanky.  It is divided into two main areas: standard divisions (and how to draw them) and motifs (and how to draw them).  


            Traditional Pysanka Divisions

                    The Standard Divisions

                    An Atlas of Pysanka Divisions

                            Asymmetric Division

                            Lateral Division

                            Meridian Division

                            Equatorial Division

                            Barrel Division

                            Globe Division

                            Lattice Division

                            Cross Division

                            Eight Division

                            Star Division

                            Triangle Division

                            Sorokoklyn Division

                                Basic Sorokoklyn Division

                                Sorokoklyn Plus Division

                                Sorokoklyn Variants

                            Diagonal Division

                            12 Diamond Division

                            Sakvy “Saddlebags” Division

                                Basic Sakvy Division

                                “Wide” Sakvy division

                                Sakvy variations

                                Double Sakvy division

                                “Eye of the Needle” division

                            Spiral Division


            Traditional Pysanka Motifs

                    How to Draw a Star

                            “Square” Stars

                            “Circle” Stars

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