Welcome to Mary's Eggs!
I turn regular eggs into art! The art form is called PYSANKY. Pysanky means "to write" and that is part of the process: I write on the egg to create the design.
All of my eggs are made with a wax and dye process. My eggs are not painted as many people think. I start with a white egg and sketch out my design using a pencil; anything I want to stay white, I then use a special tool that holds wax and acts like a tiny funnel so that when it is heated the melted wax comes out the bottom. I can draw anything with that hot wax. After I have the spots I want to stay white covered in wax, I put the egg in a jar of dye (usually yellow) until it reaches the desired shade of that color and then I use the tool with the hot wax to cover the spots I want to stay yellow, then I move on to the other dyes and keep doing that process until I have all the colors I want. After that I remove all of the wax using a hot air gun and then the egg gets several coats of polyurethane. It is a fairly long process. Most of my eggs take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours to complete the dye and wax process, depending on the intricacy of the design. Some eggs can take as long as 8 to 12 hours.
All of my eggs come in a gift box with a stand and a brochure that explains the significance of the symbolism of the colors and designs.