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Art of the Day: Tuesday August 26, 2014

Two Crows Joy

- by So Jeo LeBlond

This week's theme: Seeing Double

This week EBSQ's Art of the day is focusing on pairs, doubles or if you prefer, two of stuff.


Art: Two Crows Joy by Artist So Jeo LeBlond
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Murder of Crows Series

Turkey Egg Shell
Blues Hand Shaded
1 x 3/4" Rectangle
Jet 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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