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Old 02-14-2002, 01:54 AM
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Step By Step Wood Burning

Someone asked to see my process for doing a wood burning; so here is the most recent burning.


First find the picture you want to burn (if you work from pics).


Transfer a sketch to the wood.


Then start burning...I like to start with my darkest areas, but this is just me.


And burn...


And burn some more.


This is the finished piece, though unstained.

This is a burning of a Belgian Malinois. It will be donated to their breed rescue raffle at their breed's National Show.

Thanks for looking, and all comments welcome and appreciated!
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Cathy, do you pull the burning tip along an area moving it back over until you get the desired burn, or do you use a pointilism type technique? I guess I am thinking about how to get line quality as well as value with burning.
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Old 02-16-2002, 01:12 AM
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Cathy, do you pull the burning tip along an area moving it back over until you get the desired burn, or do you use a pointilism type technique? I guess I am thinking about how to get line quality as well as value with burning.

I use both pointilism and lines. For the vast majority of my burning I like to use a circular motion. I press down harder in the black areas and don't even touch (or barely) the wood in lighter areas. This creates a more varies shade than lines. There are some areas where I use a line, like details of eyes, and some specific dark areas that are finer.

I have gone into photoshop to show where I used different techniques...

Red- circular shading
Green- line shading
Blue- Pointilism (nose and whisker area)

In some of my previous pieces I have used more line areas to show longer hairs, which were not needed in this horter haired dog.
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Wink Hi Cathy

It was me, that asked you to show.
Im glad you did, this is fascinating.
Thank you.

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Old 03-02-2002, 09:26 AM
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Wow Cathy!
Thanks for the demo.
That really is fascinating how much detail you get.
Wonderful work
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Old 03-20-2002, 09:13 AM
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Glad to see this thread get the STICKY it deserved !!

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What kind of tool do you use?
All that comes to mind is a hot soldering iron. What are the risks of fire?
Nice work btw
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What kind of tool do you use?
All that comes to mind is a hot soldering iron

I was wondering the same thing. What do you use? Also, can we see a stained/finished piece? I'd love to see the effect stain has on it. I've always wanted to try my hand at wood burning. It's beautiful!
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Hey folks....sorry for the long delay! I have been off wet canvas for some time and just came back after getting on DSL. Cool...I get a sticky!

Anyways regarding the tool used. There are several types of wood burning tools. Some have tempurature guages that can be adjusted to change the tempurature. I use a $12 burner from walnut hollow (www.walnuthollow.com), which can be purchased at most craft stores, or even wal-mart in their crafts section! It does not have variable tempurature settings, just plug it in, let it heat up, and go! My burner has four tips that came with it for different uses. Unfortunately you have to let the burner cool down to change tips, so I tend to use mostly one tip. I am looking for a really fine tip to use for detail work, but haven't found one yet. Some burners can be range over $200, but so far I have not made a major investment.

Staining can really affect the looks of a peice. I have been using a clear stain mostly so far, so it doesn't affect the looks too much. I don't ahve anything scanned that is stained, so I can't show that, but will try and remember to at some point!
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Very nice......plus what a great thing to do to donate to the breed rescue!

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I've done some of this!! I'd forgotten...love this fella...well done!!!
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I've had that same tool for 2 years and haven't used it.
I really like what you did. I had no idea how to start
and I had no idea it could be so beatiful. Thanks
for sharing!




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Arrow Oh I enjoy wood-burning too :D

Joe sent me over here... err linked me here at least.

I also do wood-burning with the little pens (got mine from wal-mart.. actually have two though).

A little tip, in order to change the hot point tips... use a pair of metal pliers gently grasp it and unscrew it with that.. place it on a safe (non-flammable) flat place.. and still using the plyers screw the next one in place, within in a few sec it will be getting hot an minute or maybe longer it's fully hot and ready to use (much better then waiting for it to cool down completely).

I mostly do rustic looking items.. in fact have sold quite a few 'Garden Signs' in which it is a very simple rustic sign ...

I do a range from, Scriptures, Garden Saying Signs, Nursery Rhymes, to cartoons.

I use carbon paper to trace mine first... then burn them in, with a few slight free-hand adjustments . One small garden sign takes usually a hour's work plus adding sealer .

I'll attach a couple of pics.. ~RaeBuckner~
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Arrow another..

This is some blocks I made for my nephew.. last Christmas
he's 2 yrs old.. an loved them .
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Cool ok one more for now..

This is one of my most detailed ... did this from a picture of one of my fish (betta splendens) .. I usually work from computer graphics with hard lines.. so this was a bit of a challenge for me. Made it for some friends of mine last Christmas as well

**should mention this is posted with my friends permission...
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