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Monday, 15 February 2010

Natural Dyes For Ostara Eggs

Natural Dyes For Ostara Eggs Cover
It's fun and easy to use foods and flowers to make your own natural Easter egg dyes. The two main ways to use your own dyes are to add dyes to the eggs when boiling them or to dye the eggs after they have been hard-boiled. It's a lot faster to boil the dyes and eggs together, but you will use several pans if you want to make multiple colors. Dyeing the eggs after they have been cooked takes as many dishes and more time, but may be more practical (after all, most stoves only have four burners!).

Try both fresh and frozen produce. Canned produce will produce much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color. Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved. In most cases, the longer you leave Easter eggs in the dye, the more deeply colored they will become.


* Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
* Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar.
* Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
* Bring water to a boil.
* Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
* If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
* If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.
* Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.

You can use fresh and frozen berries as 'paints', too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs. Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them.


* YELLOW - Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled), Carrot Tops (boiled), Celery Seed (boiled), Ground Cumin (boiled), Ground Turmeric (boiled), Chamomile Tea, Green Tea, Fenugreek (boiled), Turmeric (boiled), White grape juice
* YELLOW ORANGE - Vanilla extract
* ORANGE - Dandelions, Paprika, Orris root, Yellow Onion Skins (boiled), Cooked Carrots, Chili Powder, Paprika
* PINK - Heather, Iris blossoms, Beets, Cranberries or Juice, Raspberries, Red Grape Juice, Juice from Pickled Beets
* RED - Cayenne, Madder root, Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled), Canned Cherries with Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Raspberries
* REDDISH PURPLE - Purple grape juice, Red raspberries
* BLUEISH PURPLE - Beet juice, Blackberries, Mulberries
* LAVENDER - Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice, Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice, Red Zinger Tea
* VIOLET BLUE - Violet Blossoms, Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled), Hibiscus Tea, Red Wine
* BLUE - Black raspberries, Canned Blueberries, Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled), Purple Grape Juice
* GREEN - Bracken, Carrot tops, Spinach Leaves (boiled), Liquid Chlorophyll
* YELLOW GREEN - Daffodils, Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
* GOLDEN BROWN - Dill Seeds
* BROWN - Strong Coffee, Instant Coffee, Black Walnut Shells (boiled), Black Tea


Books in PDF format to read:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft - Supernatural Horror In Literature
Ella Hepworth Dixon - Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights

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