I thought I might have a little look at pyrography this week.  Pyrography, also known as wood burning, is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks from a heated object. This form of art has been around practically since fire itself when early man used the charred embers from their fires to draw.  Modern techniques are a little more refined, usually done using a burner similar in design to a soldering iron.  The brass tip is heated by electricity and it is possible to vary the colour of ‘burn’ to create a range of tones and shades for more intricate designs.  Almost any kind of wood can be used as well as leather, though you should not use woods and leathers which have been treated with chemicals as they may release toxins when the heat is applied.

If you are looking for a new hobby, pyrography is inexpensive and easy to learn.  Once you have your ‘Pen’, all you need is some wood and a design.  If like me you lack a little in drawing skills, there are lots of free printable designs available on the internet which can be transferred onto the wood using tracing or carbon paper.  As a beginner it is probably best to use a more basic design at first.  There are lots of YouTube tutorials available and plenty of design inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.  This is a great way to create individual items for the garden, home and gifts.

We have a few pyrography kits available on our website.  Pop over and have a look.  As always, we’d love to see your creations or hear any tips you may have for anyone new to this area of design.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

 

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