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13 January 2011

How to Use a Wood Burning Tool

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The title of this post is a bit deceptive.  Honestly, I really do not know how to use a wood burning tool.  I just found one a year or so back and have just gotten around to using it.  My first foray into the art is HERE.  Anyway, I thought I would share the little bit of insight I've gleaned from trial and error.  

Interested?  Read on!

Here she is!  It 's simple really.  There is the tool that plugs into any old outlet and the "tip" which screws on and off.  
I have three tips, but this one is my favorite.  It has a straight edge for carving words like this:

It also has a flat side you can drag along the wood to make this effect:

To create straight lines for lettering, I let the piece sit for a few seconds until it starts to sink into the wood, then slowly move it down the line, carving into the wood.  Sometimes I draw an outline first to give the tool a guide, especially on difficult curves like this R.  Clearly, I'm still perfecting the craft :)
Here's a wide view of the board.

My latest board is of these two little owls.  I added little "jewels" for eyes.  
A bracelet of mine broke so I repurposed a few of the little pieces as eyes.

On this board I experimented with actually cutting out pieces of the black and exposing the board below.

...and if you were wondering...their names are "wise and otherwise"  :)

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grace Thursday, January 13, 2011  

You have really gotten me wanting to find one of these and give it a try myself.
Thanks for the inspirations.

Love at First Blush Friday, March 25, 2011  

Beautiful artwork with such a simple tool!

shamrocksnladybugs Saturday, March 26, 2011  

My dad introduced this to me in the 70's. When I had my boys he sent me the birth announcement woodburned on a piece of wood. Glad to see it is not a lost art.

allenaim photography and design Saturday, March 26, 2011  

Thank you!

I had never heard of it before I found the tool at a yard sale...I'm glad I did...it is meditative and free :)

Peggy Thursday, May 05, 2011  

I remember doing this in school in the 70's plus my granddad had a set with multiple tips.... I loved it! I haven't done any woodburning in years as my old set gave up the ghost but it sure is fun!

I also love your owls! Wise and Otherwise!! What great names!!!

(I guess I had better get a move on at it is 2300 and I need to get up early tomorrow....but I've really enjoyed perusing your blog tonight!)

Anonymous Thursday, June 16, 2011  

Amazing site yours sincerely, Sue Hobbie

Beverly Ritch Wednesday, February 13, 2013  

Loce the owls!! I remember doing this in grade school too. The memory was so overwhelming, that after the Holidays, I bought one. Now that I see someone else is doing it, I am more inspired to get to burnin'! I will follow you to see hwo you sevelop your skills!

Richard Sunday, June 26, 2016  

nice tutorial

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