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.
If 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.
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.
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.
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.