Friday, April 22, 2011

Who - whose dyed their eggs? - onion skin egg dying

Ever dye eggs with onion skins? Not only is it Eco-friendly, and creates the most gorgeous shade of red, its just so science experiment cool.

After they are colored - I etch them with an old scratch board tool. These three were done - 18 years or so ago! - left uncracked the insides dry out and it sounds like a marble is inside.

Owl and the Pussycat, a maiden on horseback stopping a dragon, and a chicken wearing a ribbon that says " which came first" : )

Yesterday I dyed a new batch and hope to etch them tomorrow. Here's how I do it - I'm sure you could google it AND Ive heard red cabbages makes a beautiful blue - got to try that!!

All it takes is:

1/4 cup vinegar,
1 quart h2o

and the skins of about 15 yellow onions (yes yellow!! makes red)

Put all three in a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 min.
After that, strain the skins - some people let the dye cool, but I am way too impatient for that ! So in go the eggs and bring to boil again.

Then shut off the heat and let them sit - the longer they sit, the deeper the red.

Easy Peasy. but be careful not to spill on anything that will stain!!

I'll let you know how the cabbage goes...


Sweet Enemy said...

Oh, these are fantastic! I've been meaning to try the onion-skin method for years, but didn't know you could scratch into it as well. Hmmm.... Much more my style of approach. Thank you!

Jeanette said...

These are beautiful. I love the owl and pussycat particularly. They have a lovely antique feel to them. I still have a few goose eggs left, perhaps I should try something with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie Berry said...

Just gorgeous! Beautiful work!

Linda Popple said...

Just gorgeous and I like that they last!

Partycraft Secrets said...

Love it - I made some last year, but not as pretty as yours - I'm going to link to this post on Facebook; hope that's ok.