Wooden pyrography is not an activity reserved for the youngest. Beyond its relaxing appearance, and the pleasant smell of wood that emerges, the pyrography allows you to personalize everyday objects and give them back their mobility. A cutting board is adorned with “tattoo” motifs and becomes a unique and chic presentation board. To get started, you only need to have a pyrography tool, a wooden object, and follow the steps of this tutorial, to become you, tattooer of objects.
What material do I need to pyrograph?
- A pyrography pen
- The tip: There are all kinds of centers: in peak form more or less okay, a more or less wide bezel that allows brown wood on a larger area, fantasies that create patterns.
- You can use drawing tools like a pencil, eraser, ruler, compass, tracing paper, stamps …
- The sandpaper very fine to prepare your surface, but also to erase any mistakes.
What support can we use for pyrography?
Traditionally, a pyrogravure is used on wood. Choose preferably light and softwood. The ideal is to use raw wood objects.
Plywood is also suitable, but the agglomerate is to be banned because of toxic releases.
How to prepare his support?
For best results and ease of use, first sand the surface, then clean it thoroughly.
Do not use a pyro graver on a painted surface as this will release toxic fumes.
How to make your pattern with a pyrography pen?
Start by drawing with a pencil your pattern or return your pattern using tracing paper or carbon paper.
After having respected the heating time of the pyrography pen, you can start using it. Attention, an intense heat, emerges.
For pyrography pens whose temperature is adjustable:
Check if the temperature is right for your support by performing a test.
For example, if the wood darkens too fast and smokes, this is a sign that you need to lower the temperature. Conversely, if it does not score enough wood, you can increase the temperature of your pyrography pen or make a slower gesture.
How to create shades of colors with a pyrography pen?
There are two simple rules:
- Your speed of execution of a line will more or less color the wood; the more you linger more, the color will be dark.
- The lower the temperature, the lighter the color, and the higher the temperature, the darker the color.
How to hold his pyrography pen?
Hold the tip like a pen between your thumb and forefinger.
How to get regular traits with a pyrography pen?
The secret … is to make a continuous line at the same speed! Any stop will be visible on your surface by a more significant mark.
Another tip is to start by making a light stroke. In case of error, you can sand your wooden support and pass a second time.
In general, light to medium pressure should be used. It is useless to press firmly because you could use the tip prematurely.
For backgrounds, have fun creating different textures with dots, curves, … Play on how to hold the tip and burn time.
How to make finish with a pyrography object?
Then you have several options regarding finish: you can leave your object as it is or apply all the appropriate wood protection (like varnish ).
Some recommendations before you start
- Prepare your work plan by removing flammable materials.
- Be sure to work in a well-ventilated room.
- Wear a mask if the material you are working on gives off toxic fumes (leather, chipboard …).
- Allow the tips to cool entirely before changing and storing.
- Decide his model on the tracing paper.
- Lay the model modeled face against the wood, fix it with tape. Trace his drawing by pressing with the pencil lead.
- Discover his drawing by removing the layer. Draw with the pyrographer, previously connected to heat, the picture in pencil.
How to maintain the wooden pyrography boards
To feed the wood of your board and sublimate your engraving, choose foods compatible with food, such as linseed oil. You can use a priori pyrography pen all objects in raw wood (and even leather), but some woods are more comfortable and more enjoyable to work. Choose a softwood without too many ribs, joints, or texture, so that the pyrography pen slides better on the surface. Launch and share your achievements with us. Find other tips for tattooing and pyrography: original techniques to decorate the house.
After the wood, try pyrography on cork
- a cork stool ( Monoprix ) or a tray ( Habitat )
- a pyrography pen
- a beautiful black marker or a layer and a pencil
- Post the shape of your tattoo on the stool or tray using the pattern with a fine felt pen or tracing.
- For the stool: start by a pyrography pen, the contours of the petals of your lotus. Choose a thinner head for the patterns inside the leaves. Pyrograze the details, ensuring symmetry.
- For the board: burn your board to the woodcutter by choosing an average head. To protect the cutting board, oil the board with vegetable oil, paraffin oil, or any other oil that may come into contact with food.
Our advice: The cork marks very quickly, your line must be fast. If you are not comfortable enough with the drawing, draw all the details with a fine felt pen before you start. Choose a solid wood stand. The softer the wood, the easier it will be to burn. Avoid bamboo and textured wood.