Easter eggs made with sorbian technique
Wax technique (batik)
are the members of a Slavonic minority in Saxony and Brandenburg who are living in the Lausitz. The Sorbs who are a group of about 60,000 people descend from Slavs who have lived in today's eastern Germany and western Poland already since the 7th century. The decoration of Easter eggs goes back to centuries-old customs and can be called today a craft industry.
- quills (chicken feathers)
- beeswax and candle wax
- blown out white eggs
- colours for colouring Easter eggs
- fusion machine
Detailed step-for-step guidance here
The wax must be heated up, until it is liquid (not permit to boil!) Take a blown out egg for trying.
With the feather cut into shape (or the pin-head) you dip into the wax. Be careful, it's hot! Nevertheless you must work rapidly, because the wax hardens fast.
Press now the feather (or pin-head) with the wax on the egg and take it fast off again. Repeat this procedure until an ornamentation develops from the individual stamp forms.
Subsequently you dip the egg into colour for colouring Easter eggs (do not forget the vinegar!). The best is to wear thin rubber gloves.
So you get an egg which has at the end an ornament in the colour of the egg and which has otherwise the coloured colour. You can bring several layers of wax on the egg. The wax ornaments always produce thereby the previous colour as ornamentation.
The last colouring colour will be the final colour of the egg and the ornaments will have the colours of the previous colouring (in the selected order). Consider to begin always with the brighter colours.
When the egg is dried well the wax can be removed with the help of a hot air pistol or in the baking-oven with 150°C.
At the end you polish the egg carefully with a soft cloth so that it shines a bit.