Pysanky

Major Suppliers:

  • Ukrainian Gift Shop (UGS)
  • Ukrainian Eggcessories (UE)
  • Best Pysanky (BP)
  • WaxArtSupply (WAS)
    • Formerly Folk Impressions (FI). Many people continue to use the old name, and lots of their products are still labeled with it.
  • EggstrArt — Supplies for Polish and Lemko style Pysanky
  • JustEggsquisite — Scratch Tools
  • Pysanky USA (PUSA)
    The CEO of PUSA was a bit of a jerk to me, so I don’t use their products anymore. Here are a few options for hard to find replacements for things they sell. Everything else they sell has easily identified replacements from one of the other listed suppliers or Amazon.

    • “Setting Powder”: This is just granular citric acid. Buy it on Amazon and add a few granules to each of your dyes.
    • Waxmelter Tray: waxmeltingtools.com. I would email them and ask for a custom order with extra cups.
    • Drapanki scratch tools: JustEggsquisite on Etsy for the manual tool, and a Dremel with engraving bits for everything else
    • Wax scratch tools: Use Pottery sculpting tools
    • Dyes: PUSA is famous for selling tons and tons of different shades, but I found their dyes to be a waste of money sitting in my closet. Ukrainian Eggcessories or WaxArtSupply have plenty of variety without going overboard, and when you really need something different it’s easy to mix and get what you want.

Where to buy:

  • Traditional Kistky
    • Best: WAS’s Hot Tipz Almost Electric
    • Good for Classes: UGS Delrin Handles
    • Extreme Budget: The woodhandled ones almost every supplier sells
  • Electric Kistky
    • UGS and WAS Kistka tips both work with each other
    • UGS is a more comfortable Kistka than WAS
    • UE sells a non-compatible Kistka. I don’t own one (yet) but some people swear by them.
  • Electric Kistka Tips
    • WAS sells the best tips
      • Get a reservoir extender for the heavy
    • UE – TBD
    • UGS tend to wear out and get wider over time because they’re made of copper. The fine is not particularly fine. The heavy doesn’t have a reservoir-extension option so it runs out quickly.
  • Tip Cleaning
    • WAS for Ultra Fine cleaning wire
    • Any brand works fine for >= medium
    • Emergency? Use canned air or unthreaded picture hanging wire
  • Dyes
    • UGS is the McDonald’s french fry. Perhaps not the very best, but they’re quite good, dependable, have existed forever, and everybody uses them. Professionals in Ukraine order them from Minneapolis.
    • Pysanky.Info outlines more brands
  • Wax
    • String Wax — Much easier to use than blocks
      • WAS – Well filtered; Don’t clog. Black or Clear.
        • Cut these in half lengthwise so they fit easily in the kistka heads!
      • PUSA, UGS – Crappy and clogs the kistky (even heavy tips!). Don’t use.
    • Sheet Wax
      • UE – TBD
    • Wax blocks
      • I only use these for classes because they’re pretty crappy but cheap. Any brand will do, as long is it’s definitely beeswax (some brands lie and give you paraffin, so stick with a pysanka-specific brand)
    • White Wax
      • Mix ~10 clear WAS strings to one white crayola crayon for use on black pysanky
  • Egg Blowing
    • UGS Electric Egg Blowing Kit (well worth the money, it’s amazing)
    • Budget: Better Than Blas on Amazon
  • Acid
    • When etching, use ACID Magic
  • White Pencil
    • Bohin Extra-Fine Mechanical Chalk Pencil
  • EggBot
    • I use an EggBot with a mechanical pencil to draw guidelines perfectly
    • For complex designs on a black egg, I’ll also use it with the kistka attachment and homemade white beeswax
      • Crank the heat up. The tip tends to get clogged and the wax doesn’t stick to the egg well otherwise.
  • Egg Cleaning Supplies
    • 1/3 Ivory Soap + 2/3 Water –> Use for washing back to white with a soft-bristle toothbrush
      • 1 drop Ivory Soap + 600mL water –> Use for washing the eggs before starting (EXCEPT DUCK)
      • Vinegar bath (TODO: Ratio?) –> Use for acidifying the shell before starting
  • Help

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