Pyrography for beginners

Still trying to figure it out. Here is a great blog;
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25 thoughts on “Pyrography for beginners”

  1. i have a professional woodburner/Pyrography kit- i would not recomend plastic-packed cheap woodburners from small stores as i have experienced the use of one and the tips-and the burner itself- break at the force of a touch so i DO RECCOMEND using a not too expensive(but easy and strong)burner for best practise before purchasing a professional one for after you have mastered the skill and know how to use the burner and produce/create masterpieces.

  2. Enjoyed you video very much. It was well done. I have been wood burning for the past two years and have a few suggestions to pass on that works well for me. First I sand the piece of wood I am going to use to burn on. The smoother the wood surface I find the better the wood burn results I also use a piece of scrap wood to practice on when I want to do something that I have not done before. This way I can practice as much as I want to reduce the chances of messing up my actual project piece. I like to use an iron that has the variable heat setting regulator on it. This way I can control the heat for shading. Lastly, I keep my tips clean. Keep up the good work.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. Sorry about Versa-tool stripping on you. I will have to be careful with mine too. I thought you could remove tips with pliers…guess not.. Before I got my temperature control one, I had the old version and bought a really neat light dimmer switch that I plugged into and I could adjust the heat temperature fairly well. So if you don't want to buy another tool, try that. Also, the tips were interchangeable so that was good. I don't use my often and really need to practice, but your hints are helpful.

  4. Near the beginning you showed one piece that you had burned and the lines were all dotted. It appears to be the same type of wood as the other one that wasn't dotted. I think a way you could get that to not happen would be to lighten up with the pressure maybe even hold it up above the wood the thickness of a hair. and slow down a bit. This tends to give a really nice even line. Awesome video by the way!

  5. Thanks for the tips. I have been working on muscle car images from the 40's thru the 70's, for wood burning into different pieces of hobby wood. I usually will take photo images  of cars I see at car shows & drag races, and transfer the images onto the wood using the usual Mod Pod style. I then clear coat & seal the images & end up with unique designs. I did a wood burning image of a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle & 1970 Chevrolet  El Camino together on a piece of thin hobby wood. I then stained it & gave it a thin semi gloss clear coat to finish & seal. The project came out awesome. I turned the wood over to the back side of the wood, & using the same tool was having all kinds of burning issues. I tried going slower, & speeding up the process with the burner as my burning iron also only has an on off switch with no control of the heat. I'm new into "Pyrography" as I have only completed "1" project. I found that sometimes the hobby stores buy for hobby use wood that may be treated for preservation with chemicals, & they may be treated on one side only. I'm not really sure but when I was trying to burn on the back side I had to back way off on my pressure & almost let the iron glide me thru the image I hade transferred on to the wood. I was able to complete my project with a 1970 Ford Mustang & a 1970 Ford Ranchero on the back, but I really had to go slow & take my time. It took twice as long as the front images. I think the problem might be finding quality hobby wood at a decent price. I had also seen that wood piece you picked up at Target & seen the same thing for $4.99 at a Target locally. I got it & am working on a 1940 Ford Pickup Truck image for that piece. It is really important when people post things where they are having issues as I watched & had the same problems as you did. I will be picking up a better iron with the heat control knob on it, as I also think that would have helped us both out. Thanks for posting & you tips.

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