Important Factors in the Art of Pyrography Part II
This article will continue with the tools needed to create beautiful artifacts.
There are several types of tools.
I will attempt to break it down so that you can decide what is best for you.
If you are interested in more information, please refer to my website where I have listed my resources.
These will also be very helpful to you.
There are two types of "burners" available.
Please read thoroughly so you are familiar with them.
- craft style solid tip burners
- variable temperature detail burners
Signs are a good example of this type of work.
These types of burners have a thicker tip that can withstand higher temperatures which is nice.
However, if they are not good quality, the tips will bend and break easily.
You can tell the quality by how thin these tips are.
Do some comparison work (preferably in person) so that you can see for yourself the difference.
Go to the stores to see what is available and get a feel for what you want.
Then you can purchase there, or order online.
It is always a good idea to visibly see what you are purchasing beforehand.
This will cut down on returns if you are not happy with a product.
A problem with the craft style solid tip burners is that they tend to be large and bulky, so your hand tires easily.
Also, they can take up to 10 minutes to heat and/or cool.
The tips need to be screwed in very carefully and ONLY when the tip is cooled.
Otherwise, you will damage your threading.
Some of these types of burners come with a good heat shield to protect your hand.
They also are terrific at burning large, dark areas faster than variable temperature burners.
Now for variable temperate burners.
These have, as the name suggests, more than one setting for heating your tip.
This is nice for fine detail work where you may want finer lines using less heat.
Better quality tips will give you an even heat flow.
Companies offer fixed-tip (only one tip per burner or "pen"), as well as interchangeable tip pens.
These pens, or burners, will not burn as fast as the craft burners, therefore, taking much more patience and a steady hand.
But remember, the trade off is in the fine detail.
With these, it is best to burn in layers-with less heat.
It is much easier to add more burn than it is to take it off (although this is possible!)Burning in layers will give you a better quality look.
Look for my next article coming in the series! It will give you more details about pens and other tools.