Last year, a new craft trend started popping up around the Internet and on mommy blogs–silk tie dyeing Easter eggs.
The technique involves placing an egg inside the material of an old silk tie and then boiling the egg and the material. Patterns and colors from the tie are transferred onto the egg during the boiling process. The results are stunning, but left many parents wondering, “Is this safe?”
It’s a really cool and unusual way to decorate Easter eggs. I’ve never seen results like that from egg decorating, but the house was full of such a strong chemical smell that we had to open our kitchen windows. We never ate the eggs because my gut instinct was just telling me not to. We thew away about two dozen eggs.
On my WritRams.com site, I decided to do the leg work after performing the technique at my egg decorating party with friends and family last year.
I wanted some answers on safety before trying the technique again. I sent inquires to both chemical dye companies and to the United States Food and Drug Administration. It was met with the same response from both sides: Don’t eat the eggs.
The chemical dye companies and the FDA said there are distinct differences between food dyes and garment dyes and cannot recommend eating anything that came into contact with garment dyes. Many sites actually recommended discarding kitchen utensils that come into contact with the chemical garment dyes.
So it’s a cool technique, but if you try it be aware of the potential issues.
I’m not sure we will be trying it again because, honestly, that’s just too much waste for me.
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