EnchantedHen

Supplies for Egg Artists

Egg decorating supplies can be ordered online. The following is a list of supplies, and direct links to purchase online. All items on this list are personally used (and recommended) by me.

What you will probably need to buy:

Analine Egg Dyes. Analine dyes are recommended for their intense colors, pre-measured packets, and ease of use. They mix up easily with distilled water.

Electric Kistka (wax pen) medium tip. This is the one I use regularly. (I do not recommend the kistkas with the interchangeable tips. It is difficult to change out the hot tips when you are working.)

Note: While I prefer the electric kistka, I do realize that it is a bit expensive. If you want to start out on the candle-warmed kistka, I recommend the Fine tip Delrin.
When using the delrin kistka, you will also need a candle or small oil lamp with an exposed flame to melt the wax.

Spaghetti style Beeswax. The string style wax is much easier to use than the blocks of beeswax. That $5 package will last you a long time.

Blas-Fix one hole egg blower. I’ve tried them all, and this Blas-Fix is my favorite.

Wide Mouth Mason Jars pint size. If you get them at your grocery store, be sure and get the wide-mouth style.

Pentel white polymer erasers. These non-abrasive erasers will remove the pencil lines without scratching the eggshell. I use the click-pen style. But any of them are fine.

Naphtha. Caution – Flammable! For removing the wax. This is also available at most hardware stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc) in the paint section.

Minwax Polyurethane fast drying satin finish, (get the mineral spirits cleanup type – do not get the water-cleanup, it will run your dyes). You can get the small pint sized one. Also available at hardware stores.

Dremel Electric Rotary Tool. If you have one of these around the house already, be sure it will hold a small-shank bit. I use the Dremel brand, but any high-speed rotary tool will be fine (Black & Decker also makes a good one).

High Speed Cutter bit. The cone style diamond chip surface bits will also work.
It needs to make about a 3mm hole in the bottom of the egg. You find these in the small tool section at hardware stores.

Oral Irrigator plastic syringe. This is something I got from the dentist of all places. Works great! It has a small tip (those meat marinade syringes are too big), tiny enough that you can insert the tip into a 3mm hole in the egg. This is for injecting the bleach solution to sterilize the inside of the egg

Bamboo Shish Kabob Skewers. These are used for the final varnish. They suspend the egg in space, only touching the inside, so the final varnish dries with a smooth finish.

And, you probably already have these around the house. But just in case, you will also need:

White Vinegar
Distilled Water
Table Spoons
Jar of rinse water for the spoons
Tissues (plain – no additives)
Newspapers, or other table protection
Good working light / lamp
Pencil, hard lead (#2HB)
Paper Towels
Laundry bleach
A table to work on
The kitchen sink

Oh. Almost forgot – you’ll need eggs. Free range or local fresh eggs are best, but not always available. If you buy them at the grocery store, read my article about choosing a good egg