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  • Wood burning 101 - Techniques and Tricks

    It looks awesome! Great job!Lord of the Rings projects are so fun to make :D

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  • Wood burning 101 - Techniques and Tricks

    Thank you! I'll love to see it :)

    It looks great for a first attempt! If you'd like to try some different techniques with the soldering iron, take a look at some dotted shading techniques. I think it would add some cool complexity to your work in a beginner-friendly way :)

    I'll love to see it! Thank you :)

    Hi there! Thank you for the suggestions. You have a good point.Hatching is a technique of shading by drawing parallel lines in a determined area. You may cross many layers in different directions to create more depth. It's often used in comic books.On your second point, I might not have a wide range of suggestions on the cheaper burner. I made the jump from the Walmart-bought one to the professional tool after a few weeks of woodburning. But my main advice is to keep the tips clean with a high grit sandpaper or a wire brush, even as you work, as their tips tend to accumulate more residues than finer ones. Also, give the burner time to re-heat between strokes, since it tends to lose heat rather quickly. The drawing and shading techniques don't really change from a hobby to a professional...see more »Hi there! Thank you for the suggestions. You have a good point.Hatching is a technique of shading by drawing parallel lines in a determined area. You may cross many layers in different directions to create more depth. It's often used in comic books.On your second point, I might not have a wide range of suggestions on the cheaper burner. I made the jump from the Walmart-bought one to the professional tool after a few weeks of woodburning. But my main advice is to keep the tips clean with a high grit sandpaper or a wire brush, even as you work, as their tips tend to accumulate more residues than finer ones. Also, give the burner time to re-heat between strokes, since it tends to lose heat rather quickly. The drawing and shading techniques don't really change from a hobby to a professional tool, the process just becomes faster.The idea of silicone tape is great! I sometimes use band-aids on my fingers when I need to burn for longer periods with the hobby burner, even though I'm holding it at the "right" place. It really cooks your hand! Does the grip feel clumsy because of the weight of the burner, when you hold it close to the tip?Thanks again and let me know if you have more questions or suggestions :)

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