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Easter eggs may be coloured by a variety of means.  When I was young, my mother purchased expensive lacquers imported from Germany.  They were in tiny little bottles that we gingerly held in our little hands containing brilliant shiny colours.  In an artists' hands these paints could be used to create egg masterpieces.  The lacquer flowed at just the perfect rate and with a fine tipped brush, the patterns one could create were endless. The trouble was, these paints were not meant to be used on hard boiled eggs - something about the dye going through the shell making them inedible my mother said.  We solved this problem by blowing out the contents of raw eggs.  This was a horrendous task and I would advise those with high blood pressure not to attempt this!  

Using a pin, we'd carefully make small holes at each end of a raw egg.  Then the blowing began.  We'd press our lips to the egg shell and blow air into the egg forcing out the raw contents.  Most eggs were difficult, but some were almost impossible.  We'd blow and rest, blow and rest.  Red faced, heads throbbing, this was an annual event.  The white was easy to blow, but the "chalazae" (the two spiral bands of tissue that suspend the yolk in the center of the white) were the hardest to evacuate.  We were tempted to make the holes larger to make the blowing easier, but then the end result with large holes would not look as professional and would weaken the shell - they had to be tiny!

As I got older, we moved from lacquers to dye tablets that came in fun Easter craft boxes.  You know the ones - with pastel-coloured eggs on the front of the box, and a perforated back side with holes into which one placed dyed eggs to dry.  There were small tablets that one placed in a small cup and added water and vinegar to.  We would balance the boiled eggs on metal rods with circles at the end and then dip the eggs into colourful dyes.  The longer one waited and kept their eggs in the dye mixture, the brighter the colour of the egg.  

Some years the dye tablet boxes contained stickers, sometimes wax crayons, but always colourful cardboard forms of rabbits and wagons.  My sister and I argued over who got which sticker sheet and mother had to ensure we each got the exact same number of eggs to dye.  Ahh fond memories of times long ago.  As I had my own family, dying Easter eggs was something eagerly anticipated by my own son and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

 

Estonian Onion Skin Eggs -

My background is Estonian - my parents were immigrants to Canada.  With my grandmother, I learned to make traditional Estonian onion-skin Easter eggs.  Wrapping eggs in onion peels prior to boiling results in beautifully dyed eggs with unique patterns.  We'd collect brown onion skins for weeks prior to the event and then cut up old pillow cases to make square rags.  (Purple peels work also, but not as well as the brown.)

Raw white eggs were wrapped in onion skins and then tied into square rags secured with string or elastic bands.  Wetting the onion skins before wrapping them makes them easier to manage.  Using cheesecloth as rags works well also since the purpose of the rag was merely to hold the onion peels tightly in place during boiling.  Place the onion-skin-rag-wrapped eggs in cold water and bring to a boil.  When hardboiled, remove from the water and allow the eggs to sit 15 minutes longer in their wrapping.  Unwrap the boiled eggs and admire the patterns you've created!

To give a shiny gloss to your boiled, dyed eggs, rub the shells with a rag dipped in soft butter.

 

Estonian onion peel decorated Easter eggs.

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Easter eggs decorated with onion peels.

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Estonian onion peel Easter eggs.

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Easter eggs dyed with brown onion peels.

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"The holiest 
of holidays
are those kept by
ourselves in silence
and apart -
the secret 
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~Henry Wadsworth 
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