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lmcneil
« on: November 11, 2012 11:23:25 PM »

So I'm fairly new here, hopefully I'm putting this in the right place. I wanted to share a few projects I've created for the SCA. Pyrography is my passion. Thanks for looking!

Lisa


This is a 9" basswood scoop plate, pattern is a 9th century viking brooch.



I call this one the insanity box, it took nearly 100 hours. Craftwood box patterned after an Elizabethan embroidered bible.

I have plenty more, don't want to take up so much space on my first post with pics.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012 12:33:49 AM »

Your projects are really beautiful.  What is pyrography?
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012 01:20:04 AM »

Wow, impressive!
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012 03:33:22 AM »

Wow, these are gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2012 03:54:51 AM »

Really beautiful work!
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2012 03:57:17 AM »

How amazing!  Lovely work
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2012 04:52:30 AM »

Wow!!  Pinning these! and they rock!
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012 06:49:29 AM »

Beautiful detail - I'd love to see more!
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012 08:57:42 AM »

Thanks everyone! I'll pull together some pics so I can show some different stuff.

Your projects are really beautiful.  What is pyrography?

Pyrography is the art of burning...it literally means "fire writing". It is most often associated with wood (also known as woodburning), but it can really be done on a lot of different things. I also work on leather and paper, but wood is by far my favorite and easiest method.

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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2012 09:06:49 AM »

that box is stunning, as is the platter. Only the fact they're in mint condition makes them seem new. You's got talent, woman
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2012 09:17:36 AM »

detail master? There's no way you're doing that with a cheap woodburner.
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2012 10:30:46 AM »

Holy cow, those are amazing! I usually am not a fan of woodburning, but your works of art might change my point of view. I love how detailed both of the pieces are, but I think my favorite is the platter. Great job! I can't wait to see what else you've created.
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2012 10:39:42 AM »

Gorgeous - I love the box the most. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2012 10:58:54 AM »

So beautiful! I can easily imagine the hours of work you've put into these, and I'd love to see more.
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2012 11:05:01 AM »

detail master? There's no way you're doing that with a cheap woodburner.

Yes, I definitely had to move up to a variable temp when I started getting this detailed. I use a Cub burner by Colwood.

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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2012 11:08:53 AM »

Amazing work!
I love it.
You are obviously very talented.
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2012 11:43:22 AM »

I love how intricate these are! Is there any danger of setting the wood/paper on fire when you're doing this?

Do you mark the pattern out in pencil first?
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2012 12:14:56 PM »

I love how intricate these are! Is there any danger of setting the wood/paper on fire when you're doing this?

Do you mark the pattern out in pencil first?

I use a variable temp burner, so I make sure I don't turn it up too high and risk setting anything on fire. If the temp is too high, it leaves unsightly scorch marks as well, which is bad if that's not the look you are going for. I've never set anything on fire, but I have burned into wood that wasn't cured well so it had some pockets of moisture. Hit one of those at high temp, and POW! Sparks everywhere! Make sure you use eye protection. I also set a fan in front of me, blowing away from me. This helps pull smoke away from my face. Of course, make sure your whole area is free from paper/other flammable materials, because if you get that mini explosion of sparks and the fan grabs it, it can spray sparks over the whole room!

Most things I do, I print out the pattern and use graphite paper to transfer. Small areas, like on these projects, you can't really draw in the detail because you don't want to risk leftover graphite or pencil marks messing up the contrast of the light wood and dark burn. It's possible, but really hard to erase after you burn...the eraser sinks into the grooves left by the burner and it can really mess up the look. Most times I will not draw anything but an outline of small areas and fill in the detail as I burn.

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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2012 12:39:52 PM »

WOW!  These are so gorgeous! I love them.  The viking broach is super cool, but then so is the box, I couldn't pick a favourite.  So impressed with the detail in them.  Lovely work.
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2012 08:11:28 PM »

So beautiful! I have done a few wood burning projects, so I know how much skill it takes to make things like that! You have my total respect because I would have burned myself to pieces before I came out with something that good!
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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2012 07:28:16 AM »

so beautiful, so amazing.
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« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2012 11:23:29 AM »

This are incredible! They take my breath away with their beauty.
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« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2012 02:27:30 PM »

These are amazing! Really, really amazing! How long have been doing pyrography?
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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2012 08:54:25 PM »

Gorgeous! Where do you get your inspiration from?
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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2012 11:06:49 PM »

These are amazing! Really, really amazing! How long have been doing pyrography?

Thank you! I've been fairly serious with it (meaning variable temp pen rather than hobby store craft tool) for almost 3 years.

Gorgeous! Where do you get your inspiration from?

I do almost exclusively medieval work...I've been trying for a couple of years to document the existance of pyrography in the middle ages. Seems to me logical that pyrography started when the first drunk caveman picked up a stick from the fire and drew on the walls, it's just that minor burns in the surface of wood doesn't survive well over the years, so it's been a hard road to prove anything. Celtic and Viking art are my favorite to burn.

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« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2012 06:29:45 AM »

This are great!  I'd love to see some examples of your work on leather.  I've tried this just a bit by myself and think it would be interesting to see what you have done.
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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2012 06:48:57 AM »

I am in awe.  Amazingly lovely. 
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« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2012 07:22:21 AM »

Wow, that is some amazing art work.
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« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2012 05:27:09 AM »

You did a wonderful job - I'm impressed! I especially like your "insanity box"  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2012 08:53:32 AM »

Those are absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2012 09:33:42 AM »

Wow! amazing and beautiful  Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: November 16, 2012 02:49:57 PM »

This is beautiful! Please bombard us with more photos of your work!! Oooh! Maybe you posted again and I didn't see it! I'm going to go check and see if you did...
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« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2012 03:55:41 PM »

Wow!! This is beautiful and the detail is amazing Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: November 17, 2012 05:51:47 PM »

Just Stunning!
And thank you for sharing all your useful information.
I can't wait to see more of your work! Grin
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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2012 11:54:57 AM »

Pyrography is the art of burning...it literally means "fire writing". It is most often associated with wood (also known as woodburning), but it can really be done on a lot of different things. I also work on leather and paper, but wood is by far my favorite and easiest method.

Lisa

I tried something like that a long time ago with a soldering iron and I've tried something similar on leather (I liked the results of that, not the stench however). It didn't look neeeeeeeeearly this good. What did you use? It looks fantastic.
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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2012 11:56:31 AM »

I love how intricate these are! Is there any danger of setting the wood/paper on fire when you're doing this?

Do you mark the pattern out in pencil first?

I use a variable temp burner,
Lisa

What kind of burner is that? Is that a special sort of tool or something you may get at DIY stores?

I remember having a lot of fun doing that way back as a kid/teenager... I'd like to try again but without investing lots of money; what would you recommend?
(I have a ton of recycled wood laying around that I don't know what to make of, lol).
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« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2012 07:44:15 AM »

These pieces are really beautiful. The intricacy of the design and sheer amount of work that went into them amazes me!
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« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2012 08:48:51 AM »

These are amazing!

Do you use different tips for your burner wand? I was thinking of experimenting with a cheapie 25-watt soldering iron I have lying around but it only has the standard wedge. Would you recommend buying the built-for-purpose tool?

Thanks in advance. Your work is inspiring!
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« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2012 08:58:08 AM »

jaw dropping stuff! i love the box
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« Reply #39 on: December 09, 2012 02:07:55 AM »

I am new so forgive any errors please...but your work is beautiful  Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2013 03:22:35 AM »

wow, your work is amazing! I so hope you posted more pics in here.
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« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2013 06:37:17 PM »

I've been woodburning for almost 40 years. I love it! I love the texture and the way that the wood feels after it's burned, I add color to most of mine, washes. I have made and sold so many over the years. I was in the SCA also. I love the box with the roses.
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