Turn a regular wood platter into a lovely contrast-full platter by burning the wood into various patterns.
This in particular is burned onto a cheese platter, the pattern is a traditional Swiss "Alpaufzug" which is the moving of livestock up or down the mountain to different pastures because winter or summer is coming.
Step 1: Preparing Your Platter
First off you'll need a wood platter that is not treated by lack orpaibt or other stuff on it. Its best if the wood is light brown wood, however, it works with dark wood too, it may just not be as clear.
You'll also need the burning tool. I used a soldering iron for this project and used a rounded tip.
Prepare the wood by penciling on the image you want. You can erase it in the end.
Step 2: Starting the Soldering
i worked my way down from the top of the board. It was easy with a founded tip, the pointier the tip the more careful you need to move about. I find making soft contours harder with pointier tools.
Consider adding light shading by just burning longer or shorter on the spot. Its nice to accentuate details.
Step 3: Finishing Up the Image
At this point its just moving down the image. Be careful and don't rush because that's his you burn yourself.
Step 4: Final Touches
Let the whole platter cool, use an eraser to get rid of penxil marks from the pre drawn image, and then paint clear lack on it if you plan on using it for your fancy cheese parties or something. Otherwise, don't put staining floor products on it.