Do you like wood craft? Then probably you have heard about wood burning. This is not a mere art by fire, so not all dare to try. If you are interested to make one, then be sure to follow to the correct procedures. Beginners are the most fragile state, but you could pass with extra attention. Get ready!
1. WELCOME WREATH
You could create beautiful wood craft either by having amazing drawing skill or being skillful in arrangement. Since you are beginner for wood burning, second option is better. If you do it right, then you will also get nice decoration for the front door. Well, you could also use this idea to make more area tag later.
All you need is a proper burning tool and the alphabetical pattern. Both are not sold in one set, so make sure you tick both item’s boxes. For the wood, pick the one with skin intact. It will be prettier than just plain wood. Also, use only one type of tip for the whole process.
2. DECORATIVE KITCHEN TOOLS
Dang! You forget to buy the alphabetical pattern. Now what can you do? Skipping practice is not in the list. Then, why don’t you try to decorate kitchen tools? Before you start, make sure that you have kitchen tools made from pine, basswood, poplar, birch or aspen. They are best options to work with.
So, what kind of decoration you could give? Start from something simple like dots. Get yourself familiar with the time length to make small and big dots. Try also to make lines; all types of lines to be exact. You could draw curves, straight, wavy lines as you wish.
3. WALL DECORATION
The basic of all drawings are lines. If you practice it over and over, you could practically draw anything you want. To help you adjust faster, pick an object that requires mostly lines, for example a tree. Again, you will need a wood flank as the base.
Draw a tall tree in the middle as starter. Think of it as an autumn tree, so you don’t have to bother with leaves. Focus on branches only. Once you get the hang of drawing simple lines, pick another picture with more difficulties. If you plan to try different tips, mind your hands when changing them. Even right after the tip is switched, you cannot touch it.
Have no inspiration at all? Don’t worry, you still have plenty options to choose. What about tracing patterns? As a beginner, you might go back to children learning style as well. By tracing patterns, your motoric muscles will remember how to create certain shapes. In addition, you don’t have to think hard about what pattern to draw.
To do this, you could start with wooden accessories. They are sold in many forms; bracelet, earrings, necklace, and many more. Whatever you pick, make sure to choose one made from wood, with pattern and color. Once you done the burning tracing, the color will stand out more. Don’t forget to clean the tip once in a while.
5. WISH BOX
Your next anniversary with the loved ones is coming up, but you still stuck on the clothes options? Don’t worry too much. You surely have better idea aside from a bucket of flowers. In the old times people write their wishes inside a bottle. You could make similar arrangement with a pretty box.
The preparation won’t cost you much. Find a plain wooden box, then do your burning trick. Pick something simple like the letter “wish”. You could use a pattern or draw raw sketch on the surface. Draw a little bit more on the edges. Here is one idea for you: simple line flowers such as puff and sunflower.
Are you ready to learn more about strength control? Then pick smaller surface to work with. Try to decorate wooden buttons nicely. It is okay to use your simple tree design if you want. Since the surface is a little bit small, pay extra attention to your hands. Also, pick the sharpest tip you have, so the lines won’t be too thick.
Which part of the button you could decorate? It will be the edges. Drawing simple lines, then zig zag and sometimes curves will bring texture to the buttons. You could also add color painting as the finishing. While working on your project, your eyes might get tired. Every time you take a break, don’t forget to turn off the burning tool.
7. CLOTHES HANGER
Living with many people in one house has its downsides. One example is switching coat unintentionally. Worry not, the solution is here. With your wood burning skill, you could perform a simple magic to mark which belongs to who. Instead of a hook, switch to clothes hanger. It prevents wrinkles and helps you with the trick.
Just under the hook, write down each of family member’s name. If you are not confident to use burning tools directly, then draw a sketch first. It could be connecting line or separated alphabets. The design is up to you. Now carefully trace the pattern you draw. After that, surprise the family members with their personal hangers.
Just like people say, “go big or go home”. Some of you might not be the type to play safe when it comes to wood work. Flowing with that course, you should try to make your very own clock. Forget about the simple lines and dots. This time you must aim higher: a complicated deer pattern.
Don’t worry, you don’t actually draw the whole deer, only the head part. This look never fails to charm everyone, huh? Still, this is too much for a beginner without a pattern. So, print out one in a transfer paper. You have two options; trace the pattern on the wood or tape the transfer paper and work directly with your burning tools.
For this project, you will toss and turn your wood sideways a lot. Thus, it is recommended to clear up your working space. Make sure there is no pet or children around. Secure your fragile table souvenir on the other sides.