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1  Pyrographers: Are plaques at Micheal's safe? in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by Swell Dame on: July 21, 2010 09:03:41 AM
I know this might sound like a stupid question, but I've been researching safe woods and how different woods give off toxic fumes. I've never had a problem with the plaques from Michaels Craftstore but I was wondering if anybody uses them like I do.

And I'm talking about the ones that range in all kinds of shapes that are usually in the baskets for children. I know any wood is going to give off some kind of fumes but I'm still wondering if they're safe to burn?

I've seen quite a few pyrographers use them for their work but I'm still unsure because I can't find any information other than they made be made out of pine.

I've used a few of their plaques; they look like this:

Thank you!
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2  How do I make ACEOs and Prints for woodwork? in Get Product and Website Opinions by Swell Dame on: July 20, 2010 06:56:06 PM
I've been approached by people requesting my woodwork to be made into ACEOs and prints, but I'm not sure how I would do that since I'm a pyrographic artist.

For anyone who doesn't know what pyrography is, it's burning images into wood. And I have no idea how to turn traditional art into ACEOs and prints, let alone what I do into the same thing. lol

So if anybody knows the process or has suggestions of how to to do this, I would be most grateful. Thank you! And for the record, here are some photos of my work:

Thank you!
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3  How Do I Make This Bracelet? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Swell Dame on: June 03, 2010 03:06:10 PM
I saw these at Disney World this past week and instead of paying the $12.95 price tag  Tongue, I was wondering if I could make them myself since I'm a jewelry maker.

Has anybody else made these before and willing to tell me how to make them?

Thank you in advance!
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4  My Latest Pyrographic Piece: Snow White in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Swell Dame on: March 17, 2010 12:58:48 PM

This was inspired by Snow White and Art Nouveau. This is the first pyrographic piece that I decided to be brave enough and take something from my imagination, burn and paint it onto wood. I think it turned out pretty well! hehe

The objects lodged in the apple is the jewels which I chose to represent the dwarfs and the last thing I need to do to complete it will be to paint the crown and heart gold when I buy some gold paint.

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5  Greta Garbo Pyrography Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Swell Dame on: March 13, 2010 11:29:03 AM

I hand-burnt this this week. It only took about two hours to complete. I'm very proud of it because it's Greta Garbo and I was worried I was going to mess up one of the most recognizable faces of all time. hehe The photo I used for inspiration was the one taken of her by Russell Ball in 1927. I wrote an entry about it on my blog too. Smiley

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6  Pyrography: My Works in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Swell Dame on: February 28, 2010 02:27:52 PM
Pyrography means in Greek "fire drawing" and that's just what it is. With a pen-like tool or a laser, images can be burnt into wood to create fantastic art and design. I started using pyrogaphy a few months ago and I'm obsessed with it now! Here are some of my most recent work:

Before I burnt it, I drew Marilyn Monroe's face completely freehand! I was so proud of myself because I didn't think I could draw at all. lol Some people say that it would have been better if I traced it into the wood than had drawn it, but I think this makes it unique.

I took a black and white photograph of a young Norma Shearer and burnt it into the wood by hand. Then I decided to paint the background a dark blue and the robe a purple. It turned out really well, as you can see!

This is the back of the wooden box I gave to my best friend in Christmas of 2009. It's the Celtic symbol for "friendship" in the top and I painted the box a forest green color. She loved it. Cheesy
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