I totally enjoy dyeing eggs at Easter time, It makes me feel like a kid again. I love making a mess and showing off the gems to my peeps. But, this year, I wanted to up my game. I wanted magic…Enter Curious. The O'Neil Sisters lesson was egg-cellent.
How to Dye Easter Eggs - The O'Neil Sisters
Their infectious smiles and good humor is totally mood altering and their eggs came out so bright and saturated. I took the lesson on my iPhone in the Safeway parking lot so I could know what materials I needed for my egg-stravaganza. They used the standard issue teardrop packaged food coloring, and added quite a bit of vinegar to the water, that seemed to make all the difference.
On the way home from Safeway, I had a vision for my eggs. The world needed to have spectrum gradient eggs in it and I was the man to produce them. I devised a plan of layering the colors (see diagram) in order to create the green, purple and orange right on the egg!
I was pumped to get home and try. My egg-spectations were high. I boiled the eggs and prepared three baths of primary colors. The kit came with green, but green was for weaklings and I am a champion. I knew that blue and yellow make green and with a little careful dipping green would be mine!
I held the first egg with my fingers approximately 4/7 of the way into the yellow dye, counting off the three minutes (which turns out to be a long time to hold an egg between your fingers). I let it dry and then dipped into the red halfway up the yellow and held it for only 1 minute (I only needed a light coat of red to let the yellow show through to give me orange. I removed the egg and let it dry, then I dipped the very end in to the red again for the full 3 minutes to get a nice crimson.
Oh man, it was working, my fingers were tired but it was looking cool. After the colors dried thoroughly I turned the egg over and dipped the egg into the blue, I submerged it just a bit past the yellow and held it in place for only 30 seconds. The blue seemed dark and I really wanted to make sure to let the yellow shine through the blue so I could achieve green. BAM! I then dipped just the bottom 2/7th in blue again, and held for the full three minutes. Then, after drying, dipped just the end into the red dye for a minute making a sweet purple!
I had achieved a pretty darn good spectrum egg. The O'Neil sisters lesson and dye recipe worked egg-stremely well and I think the world is a better place now that these rainbow eggs exist in it.