discover the art of pyrography
We aim to provide inspiration and encourage you to try this art technique.
The diversity and choice of pyrography patterns and designs are entirely unique to each individual artist, so let the creativity flow.
You can burn purely for artistic purposes, or create items with practical purposes for both garden and household use.
So… let’s get down to the business of burning and creating!
The word Pyrography is self explanatory when looking at the Greek words that make up the word – “Pur” meaning fire and “Graphos” meaning writing. Thus “writing with fire” describes the pyro art form and its wood burning tools perfectly.
Alternative terms for pyrography are pyrogravure, pokerwork or wood burning.
The freedictionary.com describes this art form as “the process or art of producing designs on wood, leather, or other materials by using heated tools or a fine flame”.
There are a myriad of crafted wooden products available in craft stores to keep you burning forever!
The pyrography pen works extremely well on light colored (preferably vegetable tanned) leather.
Look for untreated 100% cotton canvas. Iron the fabric well before starting to burn your design.
Doing pyrography on a gourd is much the same as burning on wood - except the surface is curved!
Wood burning is not only for wood, there are other mediums that you may choose from. When people say “wood burning” it is natural to assume that the only material used is wood, but this is not true.
Leather, canvas, bone and gourds are the most common alternatives that are used.
These do tend to need a little more experience as they are not as forgiving as wood when making or correcting errors. The irregular shapes of the gourds and bone do require some manoeuvering and patience too.
For those artists who want to break out into a little more than just wood burning, other woodworking skills, like carving, can be included in the design. Also, coloring and tinting the artwork on completion of burning creates different effects.
These add another dimension to creating interesting and decorative objects.
With experience, the artist will find the wood burning kit with the best wood burner pen that suits their grip comfort and style of burning. Pyrography pen tips are also a personal choice with time showing which nibs and tips are best suited to your subject matter and basic wood burning techniques.
Quick Heating: When you are ready to start burning you want a tool that heats up fast. You don’t to be sitting around waiting forever for your tool to heat up to the correct temperature.
Adjustable Tips: The ideal wood burner should have tips that you can interchange to achieve the results you are wanting. Ultimately you need tips that offers thick lines, fine lines and differing shapes and edges all using the same wood burning pen.
Variable Temperature: Some wood burners only stay at one heat – this may get the job done but it is far more satisfying having a tool with which you can control the heat yourself. You will be able to be more creative and have more control over your individual techniques.
You will find the best wood burning tools and pyrography pens for different uses and budgets on this website.
One thing to bear in mind when buying a pyrography machine is that these tools will last a very long time. But, naturally, with anything electrical problems do occur. So to make the best choice, it is advisable to do your research on the product, look out customer reviews and the star ratings. Taking all this account should ensure you make the right decision.
Look at the best pyrography tools and supplies for your needs here and have the confidence to move forward and create, experiment and, most of all, enjoy your wood burning.
All the pyrography art found on this website is with kind permission by Minisa Robinson Pyrography
The art of pyrography is a craft still practised the world over.
“Anyone who likes to create and design can take up this hobby and create all sorts of projects.
There are many books to inspire and help you on your wood burning journey.
Just make a start!”
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