Hi everyone. I thought I'd make a journal saying what I use and how I make my wood burnings. Since I get asked about it every once in a while... Pictures below
First, here's the tool I use: a Nibsburner box and a pyrography pen made by Detail Master . I had some pens made by Nibsburner, but they didn't work for me at all (they melted). So I have the Detail Master pen hooked up to it now using an adapter. I have 6 different tips. Overall, I mostly only use the smaller rounded ones though (depending on the project). I use basswood mainly for my wood burnings.
Here's the steps I go through:
-- Sand the wood to make it as smooth as possible.
-- Draw the outlines and details onto the wood with either carbon paper and/or pencil.
-- I start with the outlines first usually. If there is none, I either start on the more detailed parts or the darker areas.
-- Shade. For a light shading, I use the rounded tips (size depending on how detailed). I use a lower temperature and usually move it in a circular motion to make it even.
-- For darker shading, I use a higher temperature and move my hand a lot faster in a circular motion.
-- When I'm done with a burning, I spray it with sealer to keep the look of it lasting (picture below).
-- After using the tips for a while, I also file and buffer them to get the residue off that build up on them.
Other than that, it's all practice. That's the best I can do to explain it. Hopefully that helps a little.
For those who haven't seen, I have a few fast-motion videos of me wood burning also.[link]
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
I'd also like to thank everyone who watches me, supports me, and shares my work on here. I appreciate all the help I can get.
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