For Yule a fair few
years back, Chris, my husband, gave me a Pyrography kit. I'd always
wanted to try it! It's fantastic! I really enjoy it.
I often get asked lots of questions by new pyrographers, starting out on their wood burning journey, so here are a few pointers.
I started off using a Janik Pyrograph Model S2.
I found the S2 really easy to use, and light weight. I've had a lot of other pyro users mention about how difficult it is to start off, and I've come to the conclusion that it's the type of machine, and pen used. Although I have spent 13 years using contour cream tubes, and various calligraphy pens etc, I'd definitely recommend the Janik S2 as a starter model, although I'm not sure you can even get this any more!
Then I switched to a Razertip SK, which really was amazing. It is pricey, but I'd definitely recommend this machine. The control over the variable heat is fantastic and it takes next to no time to heat up. I make my own tips, normally favouring 25 gauge wire as I do a lot of small and miniature work.
You can get different wire for pyrography use from The Turners Retreat. I've also used nichrome wire from ebay before too. If you are somewhere other than the UK have a google to see what's near you!
I now use a Razertip P80, which is a digital device. you can easily key in the temperature you'd like and I do like the way you can just increase or decrease the heat slightly by touching a button.
Jewellery hardware/findings? Another frequent question....
Again, I use ebay. I use Tibetan silver bails (the loop on the necklace) and charms. Other terms to search are 'jump rings', 'split rings' and 'jewellery findings'
I use lots of different mediums to add colour. Caran d'ache and prismacolor pencils, acrylic paints, inks and posca markers.
I use either a wax to seal or often a spray acrylic lacquer.