Introduction: How to Etch the Instructables Robot Onto Wood or Anything Else!

Well, at first I learned how to do this from this Instructable. So, I did the Instructables Robot, but in a different way. I hope you like it.
This can be kind of a like a gift for your friend that really likes Instructables. I might do this for my friend Dylan, I got him into Instructables.
I hope you like this Instructable!

Step 1: Get Your Materials.

The only things you need for this Instructable are:
1 Soldering iron (NOT a soldering gun.)
The place you desire to have your Instructables Robot.
A mechanical pencil, or something that has the plastic tip.
1 Pen (optional)
A picture of Instructables Robot

Step 2: Tracing the Robot.

In this step, place the photo of Instructables Robot on your desired place.
Get the pencil, and MAKE SURE there is NO LEAD STICKING OUT.
You just need the plastic thing.
Now, trace over Instructables Robot quite hard, but not hard enough to rip the paper.

Step 3: Re-tracing.

Okay, once you finish tracing, take off the paper.
You can see the Instructables Robot quite good, but retrace it again (without the paper) a little bit harder to make it stick out more.

Step 4: Get the Soldering Iron! (Not Gun!)

Now is the part where you start to burn things.
Cover up your fire alarm, then get to work.
Start tracing over the Instructables Robot with the soldering iron, but not too deep, and it should come out like the picture below.

Step 5: OPTIONAL: Marker Tracing.

Here is an optional step.
You can trace over the Instructables Robot with a very inky pen. Before you do that, scrape out the inside tracing of the Robot, or wood will get on your pen.
It should look like the bottom picture below.

Step 6: You're Done!

Congratulations! You're done! Now whenever people come over, you can show your love to Instructables! Just rub it in their face (not literally)!

Have fun!

-GorillazMiko

Comments

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NeonLime (author)2008-02-11

A Soldering Iron Should NEVER Be Used On ANYTHING Except Solder And Metal...

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tilmen (author)NeonLime2011-07-04

why?

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dragonsniper (author)NeonLime2011-05-17

and wood

:{)

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i did this but i wrote MY ROOM and hung it up it has a very old west look

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violetkitty (author)2011-01-04

you said you could soulder anything. how about metal?

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summit (author)2008-02-22

+1 This idea is awesome!!! So going on my dresser.

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summit (author)summit2008-02-22

By the way...I was on Radioshack.com and was searching for a soldering iron. I was reading a review...and it was you!!! I'm pretty sure it was you anyway. Does a cordless red soldering iron sound familiar?

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GorillazMiko (author)summit2008-02-22

That's me!

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mg0930mg (author)GorillazMiko2009-04-12

I was going to ask the same thing...lol

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summit (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-23

Yeah I thought so!

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pappyld04 (author)2008-10-27

If you do your drawing in pencil and sort of heavy you can use the cap or round end of an ink pen to rub the lines for transfer. You can also just use a pencil with the lead and start at the top with back and forth scribbling on the backside.

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foxtrot4697 (author)2008-08-29

why dont youjust say how to etch the instructables robot onto anything?

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Goodhart (author)2008-02-22

That second picture (step 2) with the dresser in it, you note in the upper left corner about not being a Satanist, but that is a star of David, isn't it? Of course, Alchemists use the same star or sometimes an eight pointed star, in a transmutation circle. ;-)

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GorillazMiko (author)Goodhart2008-02-22

Nah, it's a band called H.I.M. His Infernal Majesty. I am not a Satanist. :P

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Goodhart (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-22

Oh so it is a 5 pointed star ? That is also used by some alchemists LOL I didn't think you were..... :-)

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foxtrot4697 (author)Goodhart2008-08-29

lol

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Khaos11 (author)Goodhart2008-04-18

heartagram...

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Goodhart (author)Khaos112008-04-18

Thanks, yes I have been corrected :-) ( see below )

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Khaos11 (author)Goodhart2008-04-23

o sorry my bad

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Khaos11 (author)Khaos112008-04-23

didnt see that before

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Goodhart (author)Khaos112008-04-23

NP :-)

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GorillazMiko (author)Goodhart2008-02-22

It's a heartagram. Look at it, it's a heart, with like.. a star in it kind of.
Read about the band here.

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icedog515 (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-11

lol a pentagram poster...yea my friend likes that band.he draws the symbol everywhere.(hes kind-of a nerd _)

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Goodhart (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-22

Oh ok, I can see it now. Sorry about that *blush*

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theburn7 (author)2008-06-02

All i have is a soldering gun :(

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Kiteman (author)2008-01-13

The finished product looks more melted than burned - was it real wood you were burning into? Good idea, though, and even if it is just melted in, rubbing in the ink is an imaginative step.

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GorillazMiko (author)Kiteman2008-01-13

It was real wood. Not PLAIN wood though.

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Goodhart (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-22

Polyethylene (polyurethane) coated, maybe ?

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GorillazMiko (author)Goodhart2008-02-22

It's some kind of ultra thin coating... like SUPER ultra thin, you can barely see it. Barely even notice it there. It's just noticeable to know that you're not rubbing your hand against just wood, there's some stuff on it. And the new avatar--you're back!!! :-O

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Goodhart (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-22

Ah, yes I have some wood with something similar on it. Made using the boards for pyrography difficult at best, impossible if I didn't sand the stuff off first. :-)

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Gjdj3 (author)2008-01-24

i like the stickers. i think i have the same ones. did u answer a burning question or something? PS. Good instructable. +1

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GorillazMiko (author)Gjdj32008-01-25

Nope, Eric said I was a great help to the community and stuff, so he sent me a patch and stickers.

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Gjdj3 (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-02

Cool. You do help the community a lot. Great job with everything.

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GorillazMiko (author)Gjdj32008-02-02

Thanks Gjdj3! :-)

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Shifrin (author)2008-01-15

+1 and Favorited : )

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GorillazMiko (author)Shifrin2008-01-15

Thanks Alex. ;-)

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+1 awesome!

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Rectifier (author)2008-01-16

Cool man, glad to see my instructable stuck with ya, and thanks for the link. You even put me in the keywords :) The odd thing to me is, like Kiteman says, I don't see very much in the way of actual "burning" on your final product. If you compare to my results (the link), anything I've ever burnt looked much like that - dark black or brown, with no ink or other finishing required. To me it looks like your effect here is mainly due to something like the heat softening the wood and making it easy to carve with the iron's tip, rather than true pyrolysis (breakdown of wood to carbon by the heat). This is also apparent because you mention having to remove wood fibers - when the iron is hot enough, the cut becames very hard, black and smooth. No scraping or fibers, it sinks in like a knife into butter. That's your battery powered iron, right? It might not quite have enough power to make dark lines in wood, so make sure it's fully charged before you start a project like this that requires a lot of power. Even so, you might need a plug-in iron to get really solid lines. I'm not hating on your instructable though - it's a good "etching" effect, and you did a good job. Looks like you're getting a lot of use out of that iron, keep it up!

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GorillazMiko (author)Rectifier2008-01-17

Thanks, I guess this is kind of like "melting". I'm glad you like it, and my iron isn't too good.

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Shifrin (author)2008-01-15

Sweet, This is really cool, and I like your stickers/patches! keep up the good work! -Shifrin

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GorillazMiko (author)Shifrin2008-01-15

Thanks, did you like it enough to +1 it? JUST KIDDING. And nice Instructables you have too, I would like to see more. ;-)

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nepheron (author)2008-01-14

WOW! I am stunned! amazing Instructable! (+1)

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GorillazMiko (author)nepheron2008-01-14

Thanks, I'm glad everybody likes it!

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jtobako (author)2008-01-14

Pyrography (fire writing) not etching (removing metal with acid).

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-01-13

That's awesome! By the way, those new Instructables patches look pretty killer! You room's so neat... get it messy!

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Brennn10 (author)2008-01-13

I really like this. It is a really simple way to etch the picture, and your final product looked great. I am definitely going to use this on my work table. (If my parents let me, of course) Nice, simple Instructable! +1

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GorillazMiko (author)Brennn102008-01-13

Thanks Brennn10, and nice new Instructable! I wish I could feature it, like how you can feature Instructables. Feature yours by yourself! Just kidding haha. :-)

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Brennn10 (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-13

Yea, we try to keep ourselves honest, so we don't usually do it. It would be unfair if I featured all my Instructables....also it would look silly because it says who features them. :P Thanks dude.

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GorillazMiko (author)Brennn102008-01-13

No problem, that was a really smart idea.

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nak (author)2008-01-13

I liked this instructable so much I +1'd it.