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Natural Egg Dyeing


Tools and Materials Natural dyeing agents (red cabbage, turmeric, onion skins, beets, and coffee)

  1. 3-quart pot (or larger)

  2. White vinegar

  3. Strainer

  4. Small bowls

  5. Eggs

  6. Large metal spoon

  7. Paper towels

  8. Drying rack

Dye Recipes Select a dyeing agent, and place it in the pot using the amount listed below. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to pot; if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl.

  1. Red-cabbage dye: 4 cups chopped cabbage

  2. Turmeric dye: 3 tablespoons turmeric

  3. Onion-skin dye: 4 cups onion skins (skins of about 12 onions)

  4. Beet dye: 4 cups chopped beets

  5. Coffee dye: 1 quart strong black coffee (instead of water)

Cold-Dipping Method With this method, the eggs and the ingredients for the dye are boiled separately. Using a metal spoon, lower cooled hard-boiled eggs into a bowl of cooled dye, and let them soak for as little as 5 seconds or as long as overnight, depending on the depth of color you desire. Remove eggs with spoon, pat dry with paper towels, and let dry on a wire rack. The cold-dipping method produces subtle, translucent shades, but can result in uneven coloring unless the eggs are rotated vigilantly while in the dye. For hollow eggs that will last indefinitely, cold-dip raw eggs, then blow them out after they are dyed.

Boiled Method This method involves boiling the eggs with the dye; the heat allows the dye to saturate the shells, resulting in intense, more uniform color. Set raw eggs in a pot of strained dye; bring to a boil for the amount of time specified in our color glossary. Remove and dry eggs as with the cold-dipping method.

(Information adapted from www.marthastewart.com)

COLOR GLOSSARY
  1. Deep Gold: Boil eggs in turmeric solution, 30 minutes.

  2. Sienna: Boil eggs in onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.

  3. Dark, Rich Brown: Boil eggs in black coffee, 30 minutes.

  4. Pale Yellow: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes.

  5. Orange: Soak eggs in room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.

  6. Light Brown: Soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee, 30 minutes.

  7. Light Pink: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes.

  8. Light Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 minutes.

  9. Royal Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution overnight.

  10. Lavender: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 seconds.

  11. Chartreuse: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 5 seconds.

  12. Salmon: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.

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