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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

I am a pyrographic artist, or at least I am aspiring to be. I just began working on pyrography for the first time last year, only about 6 months ago, and have been doing it in-between looking for a job, and combining it with doing some youtube videos of my pyrographic work.

I am working currently on a solid point single temprature machine simply because of cost because this was only 18, and worked within my budget, but would love to move on towards a variable solid or wire tip.
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Welcome to the Forum, Thomas. I don't consider myself an artist but I do some pyrography and some in conjunction with my carving.

I know you need 10 posts to upload some pics, we'd like to see some of your work.

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Hey Iceman, Having seen some of your stuff you are miles, MILES better than me, but I'll be certain to show a couple of images.

I am a bit limited by the single temp machine, but a bad workman blames the tool and most of my limits are lack of skill/practise.
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Thomas, a couple of good books I've read over and over are 'Woodburning with Style' by Simon Easton and 'Great Book of Woodburning' by Lora Irish. Sue Walters also has a few good books. Simon Easton's book is more of a modern 'flair' to woodburning.

I've taken some scraps of baltic birch plywood and some basswood and just practiced with the burner just to see what effects I can get. I know a few people that use only one tip with their multi-tip burners. Good luck.

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Thanks Iceman, I am just gonna keep doing bits and peices when I can afford it and have the time/space

At the moment living with 3 other adults, all three of which do crafts, 2 of which do crafts in the confined garage area where I am limited to burning ((ventilation/smoke issue)) means I have limited times to do craft work.
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So I now have 10 posts, so a couple of my pyrographies can go up, nothing as impressive as Iceman but here ya go.

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So I now have 10 posts, so a couple of my pyrographies can go up, nothing as impressive as Iceman but here ya go.

how did you do this one????

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Hey Stick, I did it with a single temperature solid point pyrography machine.

I created a lazer printed pattern and copied it onto the wood with a patterning bit. I then used a pointed edge carving bit to cute the outlines, and a fine point bit to do the finer lines.

I sanded off the remainder of the pattern.

Then I used the fine point bit to cut scale patterns into the dragon and vein patterns into the wing, and shaded with a spear point shading bit.



Infact I can let you see how I did it.


The pattern and set up Pyrography Gift - Dragon Mount - Patterning And Advice - YouTube

Finish set up and Burning process (sped up) Pyrography Gift - Dragon Mount - Setup and Burn - YouTube


I record my stuff to see how I progress and started doing these little tutorials/intros and videos putting them on youtube on request.
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Like the dragon. Looking good. Don't know what type of machine you have, but is there a way you can make your own tips out of heavy gauge wire? Some machines out there allow you to take a piece of wire, flatten or configure it to your needs and attach it to the holder.

Another way of transferring patterns to the wood is pyrography paper. You use an ink jet printer to print the pattern. Tape it to the piece of wood and actually burn through the paper. Works well. I've used it, but not for detail stuff. Package of 50 sheets for about $7.00.

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Nope I don't have a wire tip... I don't think you can get single temp wire tips.

Anyway the main issue is cost, there was no way I could afford a wiretip, or even an adjustable temp machine, so I went with a solid bit.

The Weller Hobby burner to be specific.
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