If you are beginner to wood burning, you probably want to read this article first. But if you are already familiar with wood burning, including wood burning patterns, pyrography tools, and wood burning techniques, it is probably the best time to introduce you to a few dos and don’ts.
Like pros, beginners don’t know everything about pyrography. Of course, wood burning is an art. That means your designs are only limited to your creativity, thoughts, and imaginations. But even in your wildest of possibilities, the following dos and don’ts stand.
Keep the tip of your woodburner as clean as possible. As you work, carbon builds up on the tip, causing even light, smooth burn strokes to become black. Clean your tip often using the manufacturer’s recommended method.
It doesn’t really make sense to see your strokes on wood black all the time. In fact, black shouldn’t be the color you think of during wood burning. You need a crystal clean art. So it is best to clean the tip of the pen regularly.
If you have never considered adding color to your project, this is the high time to do so. In fact, The Pyrography Tool recommends it. Of course, some people might argue that adding color is not a must. And that’s fine. But doing so can make your project stand out.
You may also want to try adding color to your design. This is done with either watercolor paint or watercolor crayons. To start, unless you are experienced with watercolor paint, use the crayons to put in your color. Once you have drawn the colors where you want them, add a little water to a soft paint brush and start blending the crayons to create a wash effect. Make sure to clean your brush in clean water between blending strong colors so that the colors stay clean and true.
Before you start adding color to your project, make sure you have only the best watercolor paints or watercolors crayons.
One of the simplest rule of thumb that many pyrography beginners often forget is to turn off the pen when it is not in use. Simon advises that you must never leave the pen on if it is not in use.
Probably, the most important rule for wood burners to remember, is to always turn off and unplug the pyrographic pen when it is not being used. Like all tools, a wood burning pen is dangerous if not handled appropriately. They can cause fires and serious burns.
It is a simple rule, right? But as simple as it sounds, many beginners often ignore it. Given that it can cause serious damages if left on when not in use, you should always pay attention to this rule more than any other technique we’ve described in this article.
We have already learned that pyrography is about creativity. And if you pay attention to the dos and don’ts that we have provided in this short guide, you should be on your way to becoming a pyrography pro.