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Art of the Day: Tuesday March 05, 2013

Shades Of Blue Leaf Earrings

- by So Jeo LeBlond

This week's theme: Mood Indigo

This week, EBSQ's Art of the Day brings you the beauty of blue in many of various shades and hues.


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Art: Shades Of Blue Leaf Earrings by Artist So Jeo LeBlond
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Leaf Series
Brown Hen Egg Shell
Shades of Blue
1 x 1/2" 
Clear Austrian Crystal Beads
Sterling Silver Filled
Gift Box

Unique batik designs created using the same traditional methods of Pysanky or Ukrainian eggs. The process begins by meticulously drawing out the design in pencil before it is waxed and dyed. The beeswax in applied by writing with a heated tool called a kistka, a fine stylus which is used to seal the design on the shell. The egg is then dipped in dye and all areas not already sealed with beeswax will take on that color. Waxing and dyeing with each different colored dye is repeated until the design is complete. Most commonly, the natural white of the eggshell is waxed first and then the egg is dyed in progression from lightest to darkest, waxing between dyes to retain the colors desired. The wax is melted off using a candle flame and then the pieces are cut out from the egg. Resin is used to strengthen and give the piece a brilliant shine.

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