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Pyrography and Colour on Woodturning ‘Sycamore Pentagram’

This week, I turn my attention back to pyrography with a pen rather than a propane torch in the production of ‘Sycamore Pentagram’; An 11″ sycamore dish with a stippled rim and a five leaf motif in the centre, all burnt on and then coloured with watercolour pencils.

20160317_124124If you fancy having a go at doing something like this for yourself, join the mailing list before 31st March 2016 and get a free copy of the design (there is a sign-up form on this page to the right, or below if you are reading on a mobile device). If you are reading this after 31st March, you can purchase a copy here. Below the video and the gallery of images of this piece, there are links to eBay items similar to those I use. Thought I would come up with some ideas for you to save you some time!

The process of the pyrography in the video starts at 9m:30s and is quite an in-depth tutorial. It was an absolute pleasure to do as I’ve not done a pyro video since the olive ash platter with a celtic knot last year.

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The Kit I Used

Here are some useful links to the products (or similar) to the ones I used for this project. Please note that I am not connected to the companies I have provided links to. The links are provided for you based on my own experience of using the item, or one similar . Please try before you buy wherever possible.

Watercolour Pencils:

There are hundreds of watercolour pencils on the market, and the sets I use serve me very well. The closest set to mine I could find for you is this great set from Derwent. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they were exactly the same as my set, but with different branding. Easy to use with a pleasing collection of colours. Can be used on paper and other media too.

Saral Graphite Transfer Paper:

The first transfer paper I ever tried was a wax transfer paper which made a terrible mess when burning it and wouldn’t rub off without smearing all over the piece, which ruined it…then I discovered Saral Graphite paper. It goes on easily, with little pressure and then the remaining lines rub out quickly and easily, leaving your pyro’d design smear free.

Pyrography Machine:

On the left is what I would consider to be my machine of choice – the FireWriter. It has a slim pen with interchangeable tips as well as wire to make your own tips, but pre-made tips are available for loads of different applications (in fact, it is FireWriter tips I use on my machine). There is also a variable heat control. The reviews on it are superb. Not exactly inexpensive, but for those with a passion for pyrography, this would be the tool of choice.

To the right is a machine similar to the one I use. It is the same manufacturer, but has solid brass tips unlike mine which has wire ones like the FireWriter above. The machine does have variable heat and interchangeable tips (including a great range or shapes and ‘stamps’) In my opinion, this would be a good, less expensive introduction to pyrography before taking the plunge with a FireWriter or similar.


Thanks for reading and watching,