- 1 or 2 heat guns seems to work nicely. When students are ready to remove wax, send them to a table for a quick demonstration. The heat guns are nothing more than embossing tools that you can find in any paper crafting section of Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. Look for 50% off coupons to get a good deal.
- Place the egg on a napkin in a small basket, and wipe it as the wax melts.
- or lay the egg on a paper towel, cloth or tissue in a foil pie plate to absorb the wax.
I found this clever idea on social media. The teacher of this pysanky class in Japan is not allowed to use any candle power, no flames allowed, during class. Instead she mounts a heat gun and is able to have students remove wax safely.
- You could instead of this mount, use a drying board to rest the egg on so your fingers don't get hot or damaged.
Pre-heat oven to 200-º or toaster oven
to 180 º
Place finished pysanky into a silicone muffin pan.
Time the eggs for 10 minutes, no longer.
The wax collects in the bottom, and when it cools, you can just pop the excess wax out!
You can also place a circle of paper toweling or a circle of coffee filter, in the bottom of each muffin space to absorb the wax (paper does not burn at low temperatures).
Finally, remove and wipe each pysanky with a clean soft tissue, if a lot of wax remains, repeat the process.
What may be the safest way to remove wax when teaching children, is a simple hair dryer. When students are ready to remove wax, send them to a table with 1 0r 2 hair dryers, for a quick demonstration. Place the egg in a basket, on a coffee filter; the child may have a better control when removing wax.
Some recommend a small alcohol jewelers lamp. No soot and the adjustable flame is really low and hot. Safer than an open candle. It is also useful when working out doors in spite of any wind.
Some classes provide candles for the students. Others ask the students to bring a candle and holder; inevitably, they bring a taper(too long) or tea lite(not hot enough). Be sure your students bring a candle stub.
- Pure beeswax candles would be optimum, because it doesn't produce soot. But they are expensive.
- Church Candles- churches may be generous and let you have their candle remnants. These are often a higher content of beeswax along with the paraffin wax, are a good size for manipulating the kistka and the egg; and they are slower burning.
For a scorched egg a bottle of Goo Gon and a q-tip can remove the mark. Try to demonstrate that the candle flame is adjacent to the egg; and the egg is not placed in the flame.