Seems a few folk here got pyrography irons (heat pens for decorating wood, leather etc) lately and i'm one of them. I shelled out a mighty £16 on
one with decent reviews - not a fancy one with wire nibs but a soldering style one with screw in tips (maybe 12 or so), thinking it'll not only be
fun, but maybe i can add value to some of the stuff i sell by personalising things.
It aint hard to use, it's just a very thick pen that gets bloody hot, the trick is how slow you have to go on stuff like bone and get a decent mark,
and not burning or melting stuff too much. Wood burns pretty fast, but for bone you have to go to the higher of the two settings and really let it
build heat before you start.
And prep is key - surfaces have to be -smooth- and skimping on sanding through the grits is futile.
So here is my first go, earlier this week - just decorating the edges of an antler bead - its a lovely feeling to build up marks and shades with these
And a couple more - picking a calligraphy tip made doing short lines very quick compared to using the pen style tip
and i love the effect - i'll be making these into simple pedants i reckon, it's real nice how the burned surface is left slightly melted as it
smooths it and makes it all shiny.
So i thought i'd try runes on antler rings yesterday, because vikings
And this was slooow, the horizontal bands were a right pain, but i'm super happy with the result, i just wish the ring fitted me and i hadnt just
grabbed a random blank
And then i prepared a bunch of pendants, from bone and antler scraps. Took a fair while to get these ready as polishing bone by hand takes time..
this one went a touch wrong
It's pretty addictive making art while burning stuff. Roe deer antler works real well and much of the above is on that stuff.. regular bone was a
little more tricky especially old stuff i had had lying around for an age (yes i have old bones lying around).
I'd totally recommend the outlay on a cheap pyro pen - it's plenty for me at present and a great intro, but when you see what top artists make
(often but not always with expensive kit) it's pretty mind blowing.
So i know there are some epic artists around here, and i implore those of you with pyrography kits to get busy and show some stuff
And yeah, photos are over actual size!