As you may already know, I love drawing (in particular, ink drawing). This is similar: you don't have a lot of control over tone and a mistake can ruin the drawing.
This was the first time I used one, and to test how it worked I decided to draw a Celtic knot over a wooden box. In the central part I tried a little shading and leaving open areas to get other types of tones. I started with the upper left knotted area, then the center, right and ended with the circle and border. I still have to clean the pencil drawing from the pyrography box, add some detail in the front and add some varnish.
Some tips when starting to use a pyrograph:
- Trace the contour first, then fill it. It is far easier, and the burn from the trace prevents the burn from the filling to spread to the rest.
- Move quickly, move constantly. If you stop for too long (to get a darker color) you can end with smoked areas (like in the left upper edge). Better to make repeated passes.
- When you start, a Celtic knot is a good option: it is easy (only filled areas) and looks good.
- Adjust the power of your pyrograph. My pyrograph has a scale from 0 to 10. I used 5 in the first area (where I got the smokey part) and then switched to 3 for the rest, except the brownish strings in the center know which were done at 0.6
- Step by Step Pyrography
- Great Book of Woodburning: Pyrography techniques, patterns and projects for all skill levels