WoodBurning

My mom recently purchased a woodburning tool for me. She has a friend at work whose husband does it and sells his pieces. She thought I could do that too so she bought me a tool (Walnut Hollow Versa Tool from Hobby Lobby). I have been playing around with it for a little while. It is a very interesting tool to work with. It takes a little getting used to. It is easy to make mistakes and since erasing isn't an option it can be frustrating at first.

Initially I was just playing around with the wood burning tool on a scrap piece of wood so I could get used to how it works and how the different remperature settings affect how it is used. Below is my first real try with the tool.

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To prepare the surface I sanded it smooth and then I sketched it out so I had some guides for my lines. The pencil lines are not an issue either because they can be sanded off afterwards. The shading is accomplished by using a tip with larger surface area and then adjusting the temperature to get lighter or darker as needed. For my first go I think it turned out pretty good.

My attempts after that have been around designing and making some Christams ornaments to possibly sell. I came up with about a dozen designs then chose six to try out on some pre-cut disks I bought at Hobby Lobby. The plan is to get some 2 inch birch branches and cut my own disks so they have the bark around the outer edge for a natural look. Here are the designs I chose.

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These ornaments will still need to be stained and then finished off with a metal eylet and ribbon but they show the direction I am going.

So far I have some birch pieces cut and I am sanding and preparing them for the design. I will update with my progress soon.