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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Pyrography work (pic heavy) 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.

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 9 on: November 12, 2012 06:25:44 PM
I would like to claim sweetyetevil for some stuffies/amigurmis for girls.

1st claim, 0 sent, 0 received

Hi, Im Lisa. Im in North Carolina with my hubby of 18 years, my daughters age 6 and 4, two Cairn terriers and a psychotic lovebird. I am a solution engineer for a software company. My main crafts are pyrography, leatherworking, knitting/crocheting and jewelry making. I am starting to dabble with ATCs and card making as well.

My Holiday List: Im not looking for anything specific, so Ive tried to give a description of what we like and leave it to crafter discretion to use your creativity.

For the Holidays
We are in a new house and have no decorations for Christmas! We have a formal dining room and staircase that weve never had before. We like to decorate in rich jewel tones think emerald green, ruby red, deep purple, sapphire blue, etc.

For my kids Sierra Age 6, Kaitlyn (Kiki) Age 4
Sierra she loves Hello Kitty, peace signs and anything with her name on it. Shes into art, so shed love drawing supplies/books.
Kaitlyn she loves cats, rainbows, unicorns and anything with her name on it (Kiki).
For both girls we are taking an epic trip to Disney World the week after Thanksgiving. Im not into scrapbooking, so if someone likes that kind of thing and would like to do some Disney themed scrapbook pages, it would be awesome!

For my husband
He collects funny refrigerator magnets and beer pint glasses. He loves ravens, elephants and wolves. Hed wear manly looking hats (beanies, nothing slouchy), fingerless gloves (size Large) or scarves in greys, blacks or browns. His favorite sports team is Florida State University.

For my pups
Both pups would love strongly reinforced chew toys. Its hard to find a toy they dont destroy, so I usually stick to rawhide. They also like to cuddle in fleece blankets (no knit or crochet please, it catches on their nails)

For my crazy bird
The bird loves anything with a bell on it. Big bells, little bells, many bells. His favorite thing to do is ring a bell and then fuss at it. Hes a little nuts.

For me
I collect coffee mugs and coffee-related art. I also collect turtles. I love yarn especially bamboo or silk. I also like sugar skulls, steampunk, and art in black & white with splashes of red (Im sure that has a name but I dont know what it is).

Thank you so much!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Pyrography work (pic heavy) 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.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / More pyrography (pic heavy) on: November 12, 2012 11:10:14 AM
Thanks for the wonderful response to my other two projects! I'm going to post some of my less detailed projects here as well.

This was a gift for a friend, who threatened to use a paddle. The "Board of Woe"

A bread platter for feast

Feast plate for a friend, I bartered this one for some tablet weaving

This was a gift for a King (in the SCA)

An award scroll for a friend

Finally, one that we kept in the house. This was a gift for my husband, who loves ravens.

Thanks for looking!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Pyrography work (pic heavy) 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.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Pyrography work (pic heavy) 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.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some Pyrography work (pic heavy) 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!


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.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Minion From Despicable Me with Free Pattern link! on: November 11, 2012 11:12:10 PM
Ok, this is too adorable! My girls will love this! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Turtle Power! (img heavy!!!) on: November 11, 2012 11:09:21 PM
They are just so cute! I too am off to find the pattern. Thanks for sharing!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Exterminate! Free Dalek Pattern on: November 11, 2012 11:04:25 PM
They are awesome. Thanks so much for the pattern!
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