Introduction: Tropical Island Art - Solar Wood Burn

This is a very simple project and an extra fast one. But very rewarding. I really made cool stuff after managing to finish this instructable. You can do too.

I thought I could paint my tropical island master piece on a piece of wood with wood burning using a magnifying glass lens. This was very simple ,easy and interesting.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials :

A piece of wood. from Amazon or eBay

Some papers


Tools :

Magnifying Glass Lens ( this wider the better ) from Amazon or eBay

Sun Glasses ( Very Important for your eyes safety ) from Amazon or eBay

Step 2: Setup

Pick a painting of your choice. Any thing you like. I 've chosen a tropical island paint of my own that represents the famous Langkawi Island.

I recommend drawing your painting on paper first to get the best picture you like.

You don't need to be a great painter to do this.

Try bold and free lines.

Put your thoughts in this.

Don't be afraid to try.

You can also choose any picture you like . Even you can choose an image from internet , print it and move it on the piece of wood.

You can draw it on wood yourself or copy it using carbon paper.

Since I 've drawn the painting myself I've chosen to move it without carbon paper using only the pencil.

I you make any mistakes don't worry. You can fix them with wood burning on the piece of wood.

Don't use rubber on wood . It would make it look ugly and black.

Feel free to try and have fun.

Step 3: Start Solar Painting

Before starting your work , make sure to put on your dark Sun Glasses.

Staring at the Sun Spot for a long time may hurt your eyes. Even if you only stare to its image.

Using the magnifying glass lens , put the focal point of image of the Sun on the wood while tracking the pencil lines of the drawing you have drawn.

Tips :

-To get the best results, try to make the focal point of the Sun becomes minimum as you can. This minimizes the chance of getting your drawing line become a chain of dots or spots.

-Try to make unified continuous line with the lens.

-Make sure not leave the Sun spot on the wood for long time.

-You will notice that in small fine details , the pencil drawings have made Solar wood burning easy, because it made the lines you want to burn become darker than other parts of the wood.

- Start by burning the drawing from foreground to background.

For example, I started with the island and coconut tree , then the mountain and then the Sun in the most background.

Step 4: Finalizing and Done

Keep on until you finish .

I finished this piece of wood in 15 minutes.

Try your own Solar wood burning.

Have Fun , and Good Luck.

Thank you for reading.

Update : 27 June 2016

Since the day I've done this project , I made many small pieces using this technology I love.

Small Singapore fridge magnet.

Small Island ornament.

Home Art.

Amsterdam Wind Mill.


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agis68 made it! (author)2014-09-08

i use to do this as a game burning designs on plywood, when i was relaxing in my army service voted

ahmedebeed555 made it! (author)ahmedebeed5552014-09-08

Thank you :)

zack_man888 made it! (author)2014-09-04

I am surprised at the rapidity of the burning process. I figured it would take a lot longer, I'll have to try this sometime. Thanks for the project!

ahmedebeed555 made it! (author)ahmedebeed5552014-09-05

Really. The best thing about this project and what I like most is how it was quickly completed. It only took 15 minutes that's all. It's not exactly burning. You just see the color change in the piece of wood to add your effects. I'm glad you like it. Thank you for visiting.

ahmedebeed555 made it! (author)2014-09-01

Thank you all. Your feedback is really encouraging.

Fikjast Scott made it! (author)2014-08-31

very well done

johnstat000 made it! (author)2014-08-30


MsSweetSatisfaction made it! (author)2014-08-30

It turned out so nice looking! Would have never guessed that you had done it with a magnifying glass. Thanks for sharing!

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