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Bee Raw's Beeswax Easter Eggs

Easter, one of our favorite holidays, but not just for the chocolates and jelly beans—we also love the beeswax-decorated eggs. Yep, you read that right. In fact, it's a centuries-old art of Polish pisanki and Ukrainian pysanky—a wax-resist method (a painting technique that makes the most of the fact that oil and water don't mix when painting) of decorating Easter eggs, much like batik.

The word comes from the verb "to write" pisać in Polish and pysaty in Ukrainian, as the designs are not painted on, but written with 100% pure beeswax. What's more, every Eastern European nation has its own version, and all are as beautiful as the next.

Interested? Here's how you do it. But beware before you do—you're about to make the most beautiful Easter eggs you've ever seen.—Zeke

1 Allow a white, uncooked egg to reach room temperature.

2 Wipe the egg down with a solution of 1/2 c. water and 1 tsp. vinegar.

3 Dab the egg dry with a tissue.

4 Draw your design on the egg lightly with a pencil.

5 Hold the head of a "kistka"—a copper stylus—over a candle flame for a half-minute or so.

6 Use the heated kistka to scoop up a bit of beeswax.

7 Melt the wax in the kistka over the candle.

8 Draw the melted beeswax over the pencil design for the first color. 9 Put the egg into the lightest color dye for around 15 minutes.

10 Use a tablespoon to fish the egg out of the dye.

11 Dab, don't wipe, the egg dry.

12 Continue waxing and dyeing from lightest to darkest color dyes.

13 Hold the dried egg under a hair dryer to heat the wax. Wipe it off with a tissue when the wax looks wet.

14Let the egg dry on a stand made from three finishing nails poked up through a piece of cardboard.

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The Power of One

They say more is better. We agree—where planting bee friendly plants is concerned that is. But sometimes powerful things come in small numbers. Take, for instance, the power of one seed. It doesn't take much for it to slowly grow into the plant it's meant to be. When it blooms, a bee arrives to the flower for its nurishment—pollinates it—then flies away to another flower. Each separate varietal of flower gives the bee a separate nutrient. The more flowers, the more well rounded and healthy the bee's diet is. 

Sound familiar? It's the same for us humans: broccoli, which bees polinate, give you and I great amounts of vitamin D; carrots, vitamin A; blueberries, vitamin C.

Everything our bee feeds from, like everything we do, begins with one seed. And the more of those seeds we plant, the healthier the bees are. 

Plants don't need humans, but they do need bees, which is why the power of one seed is very powerful indeed.—N.B.

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Five Ways You And I Can Save the Bees

Neal Boulton

You may not be setting up hives on your roof or in your backyard anytime soon, but to save our endangered bees, you don't need to.

It's true! There are several simple things you and I can do to help the bees in our communities flourish. 

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