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What can I use to artistically burn wood, without a soldering iron? Answered

I need to write something in wood, but instead of writing, I want to actually burn it in. Buuut I lost my soldering iron, what could I use?

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iPodGuyBest Answer (author)2009-12-18

Magnifying glass and a sunny day.

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steveastrouk (author)2009-12-17

There's a good reason why this kind of thing was called "poker work", long before it was called pyrography !

Steve

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Burf (author)2009-12-16

I used to make small branding irons out of wire coat hangers, heat them over a gas kitchen range and burn them into wood planks.
You can bend the wire into various shapes and heat them with a torch.

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jtp139 (author)Burf2009-12-17

i second that, i also used paper clips as well and hold them with pliers

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Re-design (author)2009-12-17

You can probably get a wood burning set for $10.  The tips they have are much better suited to writing than a soldering iron.

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Jayefuu (author)2009-12-17

You could buy a really cheap soldering iron just for pyrography...... that way there's no risk of you messing up the tip on your good one when you find it :D

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RavingMadStudios (author)2009-12-16

Probably you could get pretty good results with a hobby knife and a propane torch. You'd have to reheat a lot, but you could get some really nice lines.

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seandogue (author)2009-12-16

A red hot poker!

(or a hot knife) (or a hot screwdriver)...they don't have to be "red" hot, but definitely not just warm.


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