I have another project for you to try! I have been very interested in giving Pyrography a bash, so I decided to invest in a beginners wood burning pen. Pyrography is the art of decorating wood, leather or other materials by burning a design, pattern or writing onto the surface with a heated metal point.
This is a very short project with vey few steps, so lets crack on!
Tools and Equipment Required
1 x Hand Saw. This will be required for cutting slices off the chosen branch. If you have a workshop with a chop saw, I suggest using that as it will be much faster. However you decide to cut your slices, MIND YOUR FINGERS!
1 x Pyrography or Wood Burning Pen. Obviously, this whole project will not be possible without this vital tool. You can pick up a cheap one from most tool shops but I suggest beginners to start off with one like mine. Admittedly its not the greatest and for the best results it would be better to invest in a professional Pyrography Pen, but these can be very expensive unfortunately. I bought mine from Axminster Power Tools for £15.25 and it came with the stand and a few different attachments for the heated end.
1 x Pencil. I found it was easier for me to draw my design onto the slices first and then draw over them again with the wood burning pen. If you’re confident enough to freestyle it, then by all means go for it!
- Find a suitable branch.
- Cut as many slices as you require. I have cut a load because I have another project planned with the remaining slices!
- Draw out your design, be creative! I am starting simple, walking before I can run.
- Pre-heat your Pyrography Pen up ensuring it is resting on the stand provided to prevent burning surrounding objects. Cheaper pens could take up to 5 minutes to get to the heat required.
- Now, use your pyrography pen and go over the design that you previously drew in pencil. Depending on how hard you press down with the pen will depend on how deep and defined the burn will be. If your design has any shadows, its best to go over the area lightly.
Here is what I came up with…
I’m happy with my first attempt! Simple but I live it. I put my stamp on the back of all of them just in case you thought I burned that in myself, I’m going to need a lot more practice yet before I can tackle that! I do need to hone my technique and I did realise very early on that you get what you pay for. My pen is more for a beginner but it is still a great place to start if you’re unsure as to whether to pursue Pyrography long term.
I hope you found this post useful, until next time – folks.