So you have decided to take up wood burning as your next hobby, but you are struggling to understand how to go about it. That is really no surprise, as every new hobby can provide more challenges than rewards, at first. Wood burning for beginners is a concept that has to be buttressed by some tips and tricks if the beginner wants to be able to make heads or tails of the activity fairly quickly. The whole point of wood burning, or pyrography, is to create amazing images on the surfaces of wood.
First up, you will have to equip yourself with the proper tools and equipment to succeed in your wood burning efforts. Obviously, you will need some wood, and you are advised to use basswood, at least at first, because it is the cheapest wood to use and also the wood that burns the easiest. A few examples of other tools of this hobby that you will want to have on hand include the actual wood burner (which can run you anywhere from $75 all the way up to $200), the heat regulator, the hand pieces, sand paper, graphite paper and the oil-based color pencils along with Liquin.
One of the most important wood burning tips surrounds the kind of paper that you end up using. You are advised to utilize graphite paper instead of carbon paper for all of your wood burning endeavors. The reason is simple: Graphite paper is just superior to carbon paper for three, distinct reasons. First, graphite paper will not bleed, second, graphite paper can actually get erased and, third, graphite paper is not going to leave behind any indelible markings, as carbon paper would.
Soft lead tracing is a nice alternative to a situation when graphite paper does not present itself. This technique makes its very own carbon copy without you being forced to utilize additional sheets of paper. All this technique requires is that you turn the pattern you are using over so that its back begins to show. Color the whole space with lead, using a soft lead pencil. Now, turn the pattern over once more to have the design appear. Place said image on the wood and then tape it so that it stays put. Follow this up by tracing right over the lines of design. What you will notice is that soft pencil tracing is going to make a lighter line than graphite paper would.
As you can see, wood burning for beginners is a stage where knowing certain tips and tricks will come in handy. After all, when you are just starting out, you can’t expect to be good or even average at something like wood burning! However, once you have the basic tools that you require for this practice, and once you have the feel of it after a few attempts, you should gradually be able to ease yourself into this new hobby so that it becomes very familiar. Wood burning is getting increasingly popular, and it’s something different, to be sure.