Easter DIY by the L`Effet gift shop's artists. Easter egg magic (Part 2 of 3)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This is the second guest post by the artists behind the L`Effet gift shop. They loved experimenting with the organic dyes (and who would not?) so they could not stop! Let's see what else they've found out!
(Do not forget to check out their first guest post with the detailed instructions on the egg dyeing).


Hi all again! Thank you for your interest in our research! We had so much fun experimenting with the organic dyes that we decided to keep playing!  

We loved the results that we got when dyed the eggs with hibiscus. We also found it interesting that vinegar could affect the final colour of the eggs. That was what we wanted to find out, if it would be better to use hibiscus broth with vinegar or without it. 

We have to admit that the results were very surprising!

This time we took eggs that were not white or brown. They had a very light cream colour.

We got a new package of hibiscus:

This picture shows what colour we got in a hibiscus brew. It was brewed like tea and left overnight before we cooked the egg in it. 

Here we did pretty much the same to cook this egg, except that we added some vinegar to the hibiscus brew right away:

For this egg we made a hibiscus broth (5 tsp of hibiscus, 1 liter of water, plus a little bit of vinegar). Then we cooked the egg in the it:

To cook this egg we made the same broth as above, but added no vinegar while cooking it. We added  some vinegar after the egg was cooked, then left it overnight in the broth:

For this egg we made the same broth again, but added no vinegar at all. The egg was left in the broth overnight:

This egg was cooked in just plain water, then we left it in the hibiscus broth overnight (no vinegar):

We decided to try and add soda into the broth (instead of vinegar). It turned out that soda entered into reaction with hibiscus and quenched. Here you can see the formation of a bluish-greenish foam:

It was an exciting moment! ))

Here is the egg that has been cooked in the hibiscus plus soda broth, then left overnight in it:

We have not shown you a transitional condition of the eggs yet! All the eggs (especially the greenish-blue ones) that were cooked in a hibiscus broth looked like this at first:

A dark film got easily washed off under the running water. The colour of the shell did not get washed away. Here is the colour that was left after the egg washing:

If you compare this result to our previous results, you will see that we've gotten different colours from the last time. This is what happens when we work with the natural dyes. We cannot always have exactly the same proportions, so every time we will see the difference in colour. It makes it interesting every time we do this, doesn't it? 

If the colour is important to you, we would recommended you try and dye one egg at first, then carefully write down the proportions and also use the herbs from the same package. Soaking the eggs overnight helps. Then maybe you can adjust the composition in accordance with what have happened.

We hope our experiments will inspire you to do your own!

The artists of the L`Effet gift shop


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