One of the most important concepts in our lives revolves around this word – “Friend”. Everyone wants to have a friend or to be a friend. I would have a hard time believing that anyone didn’t care to have or to be a friend. Sometimes you get really lucky and you have more than one!
Artists, crafters and people looking for a new hobby have more recently become interested again in wood burning or pyrography. However, everyone cannot draw, so we like to recommend stencils or rubber stamps for design ideas for wood burning. I saw this beautiful rubber stamp made by Hero Arts – it’s one of their cling stamps – and thought it would be perfect for wood burning a present for a “Friend”.
This time I used the Hot Marks Tool (http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/tools-and-accessories/hot-tools/items/hotmarks/24422/). It heats to 750° which is hot enough to burn wood, leather and/or paper. I used a Monogram Thin Plaque for the project (http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/wood-surfaces/basswood/?pg=4).
When planning to wood burn a stamped design, you’ll need to use a light colored stamping ink on raw wood. You’ll want to be able to see the image, but it should not be too dark. Do not apply anything (like wood sealer or acrylic paint) to the wood prior to stamping the image. You’ll cover most of the lines with the wood burning, but some might show. Some inks run or bleed on raw wood – but Staz-On does not. I used Mustard to stamp this image.
Make sure you read all the manufacturer’s instructions found inside the Hot Marks packaging. Use pliers to secure the Mini Flow Point onto the Tool. Secure the Tool Stand to your work surface with tape and place the Tool on the Stand. Plug into an electric outlet, turn switch “ON” and heat for 4-5 minutes.
With the Mini Flow Point attached, you simply hold the Tool like a writing pen and burn the lines on the image.
Remember to hold the Tool, not too tightly, and let the heat of the Tool do the work. The longer the Point is on the surface, the deeper the burn on the wood. Practice by writing your name or doodling some lines on the back of your project or on a scrap of wood before working on your actual project. Practice a little and each time you wood burn it just gets easier and easier. If there are stamped lines that are very small, you do not need to wood burn every bit of that image, just the lines that create most of the image are just fine. You will be adding color to the wood burning also, so you won’t see any stamped lines that are not wood burned anyway.
Once you have completed wood burning the stamped image, use the pliers to remove the Mini Flow Point and attach the Flower Stamp to the hot tool.
Holding the Tool perpendicular to the wood surface, hot stamp the Flower image around the border of the Plaque. After all the Flowers are stamped, press the switch to “OFF” and place the Tool on the Stand to cool.
I used Tombow® Dual Brush Pens (http://tombowusa.com/craft/markers/dual-brush-pen-set-10-secondary.html ) to add color to the wood burned design. I used the fine tip end of the Pens.
For a projective finish, spray the finished wood piece with 2-3 coats of varnish. Let this dry before wrapping baker’s twine around the edges to hang the Plaque on the wall.
Present your masterpiece to your “Friend” – he or she will love it simply because you made it just for them!