Pyrography is the burning of sketches or drawings into wood. Color is sometimes added with oil pencils after the burning is complete, but it is normally kept to a minimum.
Although some skill is required, good work on pieces is mostly gained through practice and one will learn their own style and best ways to get the results they desire.
The biggest dangers involved are:
- Burning one's self with the iron,
- Burning anything else that should not be burnt (most pencil style irons have no off switch with the iron, and no ON indicator lamp).
- Sawdust getting into the eyes.
- Using improper wood and asphyxiating one's self.
- A pyrographer's iron
- A metal stand for the iron
- A standard multi-faced tip for the iron (as you become proficient, you can add specialty tips)
- Some sandpaper (150-180 fine grit if only a light sanding is needed, 80-100 medium grit if some ridges need removed from the wood). It is best to wear some kind of eye protection when doing any sanding of wood.
- Some carbon paper may come in handy as well as a sketchpad and tracing paper is helpful too
- A WELL ventilated work place.
- Wood, something flat, and untreated. Many art stores and craft stores will carry Basswood for this purpose (this is best). Do NOT use pine. It emits a very corrosive smoke when burnt/scorched, and it will not do your lungs any good at all. Besides that, it is very hard to burn a decent line into pine as you come across sap pockets, and moisture pockets. The burn is very hard to control.
- and possibly some Oil based colored pencils
PS: I will be adding more info to this in the coming weeks, but I had promised this for so long now, I felt the need to finally get of my horse and get this published. I hope you find it useful.
Step 1: Preparation
This is where you need the safety glasses or goggles to keep from getting splinters of wood in your eye(s).
Blow off the dust. Next we need a drawing or sketch.