Originally Posted by Annabakescakes
Are you serious??? I don't have the skill or patience! (Mostly not the skill, since if i could do it, i would find the patience, lol) Those are completely amazing! How long did they take? Are you selling them?
1. They are not as difficult as they look, although no one ever believes me when I say that. Like decorating a cake, you get better with practice. There are some that are very complicated, but there are a lot that are just geometry. A straight line on a curved surface is pretty easy. A curved line (such as a spiral) on a curved surface it more difficult.
2. I don't now how long one takes to make one, as I've never done one by itself, beginning to end. Neither has my sister (she taught me after she took a class). After you clean off the kitchen table, cover it with newspaper and paper towels, get the candles and matches (to melt the wax), boil the water and prepare the different colors of dye, making only one hardly seems worth all that preparation! We always make several in a day: you work on the second one while the first one is in the yellow dye; then the third one while the first one is in orange and second one is yellow. The designs are drawn with a tool called a kistka and are done in molten beeswax. It is a batik process; you put the wax where you want to protect the color from the next darker color of dye.
3. I have sold a couple of fairly ordinary ones for about $20 each to co-workers, but I usually give them as gifts or just keep them to decorate with at Easter.
We're not Ukrainian (rather, Irish and Norwegian), but just thought they were beautiful and we're kind of crafty in general.