Wood Burning For The Beginner

Wood burning is a very relaxing, and creative hobby, learn how to do some simple projects and allow your creativity to shine.

Wood burning is an enjoyable hobby, one that can be enjoyed by almost any age. With a few simple tools, a ready supply of softwood, the hobbyist can create many beautiful and useful articles for both themselves and as gifts.

Your hobbyist will need a wood-burning tool, along with carbon paper, and patterns. A stylus and gold or silver transfer foil for more complex designs will add to the pleasure and appearance of your finished work. Most good hobby stores will carry the tools and instruction books that you will find useful.

A few words about safety never allow a child to use the tools unsupervised. The tip is very hot and can cause severe burns if proper care is not taken. You should also insure that a supply of water is available in case of accidents. Make sure children are taught the proper operation of the tool, and the safety precautions. Eye protection is a highly recommended safety precaution to take.

As with any other hobby, practice will increase the enjoyment and the skill. The tip can create very a fine line, or dark shading depending upon how much pressure is applied and for how long. Practice something simple initially, perhaps writing your name on a scrap piece of wood, try to write your name with uniform dots, or lines that are darker on one side as if in shadow.

Wooden fruit crates when taken apart and sanded make excellent practice pieces. The slats are small enough to be easily handled, but at the same time are large enough to allow your creativity to shine through. Softwoods are easier to work on since they require less pressure, and a shorter amount of time to char and create many interesting patterns.

Once you are comfortable with the effects that can be created with the tool, then it is time to start building more complex and attractive items. The first step is to use a pattern and the carbon paper to trace the pattern on to the wood. Now is the time to check for alignment, and fit. It is very disheartening to plan a wonderful project only to find that the pattern is too big or too small for the wood selected.

You will also want to plan where the darker lines are going, and how they are going to show shade, and texture. Wood burning can show a great deal of texture, and this will bring the design greater depth and pleasure. Start with simple patterns, and pictures working towards more elaborate detail as your skill develops.

Simple name plaques are the easiest project for a beginner; although even more advanced hobbyists will enjoy doing them. Make sure the wood is sanded and smooth before you start. Trace your design and then have fun. Simply, quickly and easily you will have created something that is beautiful and useful.

Sets of coasters while seemingly simple, require a little more skill if they are to be a matched set. Little differences will not detract from the finished project, but the more closely matched they are the more pleasing the finished project will be.

A small jewelry box is a natural step up, more detailed designs and pictures can flow around the box, rather than being on just one side. This will require careful measurements and precise techniques to create a one of a kind work of art.

For more complicated projects try a picture frame to highlight a treasured picture. The design should flow around the frame, highlighting the picture it will surround. The trick is getting the left and right sides to match both in the contrast of the design and in the size and placement of the individual elements.

Your finished designs can be highlighted with gold or silver foil. The procedure is fairly simple, although the application will require some practice. Place the foil over the area you want highlighted, and rub firmly to transfer the foil to the design.

You can look forward to many hours of diversion practicing your new hobby. Only your imagination and patience limit the possibilities.

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