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Forum topic by Jim Earl posted 01-16-2013 01:35 PM 898 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Earl

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01-16-2013 01:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodburning instructions resource any tpe of wood soldiering iron woodburning

I really dont know where to start, so I will try and do the best I can. I always start off by picking out the picture I want then fing a piece of woos that fits the picture. I have use every kind of wood I can get my hands on. In my opinion you can use any type of wood you have. I use a soldiering irion that you can purchase a wood burning kit at most lumber,hardwood,craft stores. Alot of them comes with a couple pieces of wood and several pieces of burning kits. ( OK HERE COME MY SECRET, i HAVE COME UP WITH A WAY TO MAKE MY OWN BITS. i MAKE THEM TO FIT THE PROJECT I AM WORKING ON. I also haqve made my own heat controler by making up an outlet with a dimmer switch control. I am not an artist, so I cheat by picking out a picture, scanning it on my computor and working it up to the point that I can use it for a pattern. once printed, I use a sheet of grafite paper to transfer the picture to the wood or what I burn on. Once the picture is transferred I burn the outline of the major portion of the picture then start my shading. your shading is really what makes the picture, so start slow by just burning the outline then try your talent of shading. Ok here is the first start of instructions. If you have any questions please contact me.

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 02:56 PM

I do think you are an artist Jim. If you weren’t your burnings could not come out half as nice. Remember, artists work with patterns too and they also find pictures they want to replicate in one way or another. I suggest you start with a simple outline pattern and take us through it step by step and also show what kind of burning tip you are using for each step. Might be good to know if you use the tip, heel or other parts of the burning tip too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 03:54 PM

Several years ago, I used to burn wood and leather pictures, and pictorials, and did leather carving….I still have all my leather burning tools….At one time I sold them in a picture gallery in Memphis….people seemed to like the leather pictures best…..If you’ve never burned leather, give it try….I think you would like it…..basically the same set-up as burning wood….just don’t burn a hole in the leather….lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 04:43 PM

Jim, you are most assuredly an artist. Better yet…homemade tools. Ya gotta love it.

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 04:58 PM

Jim; thanks for the woodburning info. Our ancestor’s made their tools to fit the job, you should be proud. I assume the dimmer switch is for shading.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 02:20 PM

OK all, I have created a couple of pages of instructions and still unable to upload them on here. Is there a different program I nee or whaqt do I do. Please help. Thank You Jim

-- Jim Earl

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