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Project by Danette Smith posted 11-26-2008 07:16 AM 1764 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone!
I want to thank everyone who came to my aid and offered some wonderful advice. I have made another box and the sides of the box are now perfect with the bottom…no gaps. Whoo Hoo!!! I also burned the top of one of the boxes. I have a few spots that need to be restained yet. I’m also debating if I should stain the top of the box with the burning on it or not. I made two sample pieces to try the light box stain and the other to put the dark stain on and I’ll see what it does to my burnings. I’ll let you all know the verdict. Take a look…hugs…Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 09:25 AM

wonderful burnings, personally i wouldn’t use stain on the lid, but hey its your box, I would have a box like that in my house, thats for sure, well done to you.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 03:39 PM

Beautiful burned art. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 11-26-2008 04:50 PM

Nice burn. I would not stain the top. Leave the burn the way it is.

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 11-26-2008 05:02 PM

I agree with the others…don’t do anything to take away from that wonderful burning!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-26-2008 06:32 PM

I assume that you are going to protect the burning with something. The burning itself is the staining and shadowing your looking for. I would never cover your work with stain. Its toooo good to hide behine stain. Let the artistry show, you deserve it.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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Danette Smith

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#6 posted 11-26-2008 09:10 PM

It is unanimous! Don’t stain over my burning. My two sample pieces showed me that. The honey poly stain didn’t cover my burning…you could still see it…but the darker brown stain made my burning disappear. I plan to protect it with a satin varnish. Thanks everyone! Hugs…Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#7 posted 12-03-2008 06:32 AM

wonderful burning job.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Danette Smith

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#8 posted 12-03-2008 07:31 AM

Thanks for your kind words. I plan to do commissions with these boxes…like for newborns with their date of birth and their name etc. Hugs…Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#9 posted 07-18-2009 05:07 AM

I burning is anything like drawing on a box, I wouldn’t do it “AGAIN” This was the second top for this jewlery box I made for my wife and the light stain faded the drawing within a short time.[email protected]/3730543951/


-- John

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Danette Smith

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#10 posted 07-18-2009 05:53 AM

Hi John!
I take it you didn’t burn the picture on top of the box? Could you take a photo of the top for me…I couldn’t really see what the picture was….thanks. Staining over a burn will fade the burning a little, but staining over a drawing would really fade it much more within a short time. The two rectangle lines going around the picture…were they routed into the top? Take a look at my project box with the Rocking Horse…the line around the horse was indented into the wood and then I burned it dark. I stained the entire box with the exception of the very top I left it the color of the wood (basswood). I then burned my rocking horse on the top. I then sealed the entire box with Deft Satin Spray. Do you have a wood burner? Take care…Danette
“Keep burning and learning © ™”

Danette (aka Dannie) Smith
Pyrographic Artist and Instructor


-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#11 posted 07-18-2009 07:23 AM

Hello Danette,

No I didn’t burn the picture in, I just went over the outer edge with an x-acto knife. The trim is Mahogany inlay into Hard Rock Maple. The original top was very lightly stained and clear coated with water based Lacquer and lasted about 6 months. This one is about 8 years old with only a Clear Coat. See if this is a little better.[email protected]/3730765299/in/photostream/

or you can see it here.


-- John

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