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Pyro Basics

Pyro Basics

Our 2010 and 2012 Pyrography special issue magazines include comprehensive articles to help you get started or refresh the rules. Look for articles on building a basic pyrography kit, safety, cleaning your burning tips, and more. You can order either issue by visiting¬†www.foxchapelpublishing.com. (The 2012 issue will be available March […]

by March 1, 2012 0 comments Tools & Tips
The Tea Strainer Nib Cleaner

The Tea Strainer Nib Cleaner

Check out this terrific video from Australian pyrographer and author Sue Walters. Instead of using an abrasive such as sandpaper, use a fine wire mesh, such as a tea strainer, to clean carbon and other buildup from your burning tips (or nibs).  

by March 22, 2011 0 comments Tools & Tips
Wood Burning Tips and Tricks

Wood Burning Tips and Tricks

The speed of your stroke determines the darkness of your burned line. The burner tip should just caress the surface of your wood. A smooth, flowing stroke will create a light to medium burn. A slow stroke will create a darker burn. Keep the tip of your woodburner as clean […]

by August 9, 2010 0 comments Tools & Tips
Protecting Woodburned Work

Protecting Woodburned Work

Woodburned projects will fade over time, more so when exposed to direct light. You need to protect your project without sacrificing the overall appearance of the burning. Deft semi-gloss or Krylon satin sprayed on work well. Brush-on varnishes, on the other hand, tend to be too think and generally add […]

by August 4, 2010 0 comments Tools & Tips
Removing Carbon Buildup

Removing Carbon Buildup

Carbon buildup on the tip affects the temperature of the tip.¬† Lora S. Irish’s website, www.carvingpatterns.com, has terrific woodburning tips and advises you to lay fine grit sandpaper on a glazed tile surface and quickly pull the tip across the paper. It not only removes the carbon, but also sharpens […]

by August 2, 2010 0 comments Tools & Tips