I remember as a kid having a wood burning set. It came with large tips and some pre-designed wood patterns and you followed the lines then painted it. My mom was forever hovering over me for fear that I would leave it plugged in somewhere or burn through the wood to the table!
Things have changed a little bit since then, as the wood burning tools have got better. But what is really cool is some of the really neat pictures and sceneries you can create using this method. You could draw your own design on the wood or get a pattern. You could paint it or leave it black and white. You could create a cool clock to sell or coasters. If you love to draw with pencil, as I do, then this is another extension of your craft.
Creating useable art is what makes the money right now. Not too many customers are satisfied with a simple picture on the wall, they want the arts and crafts to speak to them and be useful for their spending dollar.
Below are a couple of videos that will help you get inspired with this craft. You can get the supplies from good craft stores or also online.
I thought this was a beautiful piece. It has such depth and would be perfect as a clock or the lid of a trinket box. There are many tutorials online to help you understand building a picture, but this video gives you a good idea.
These kits are much cooler than the ones from when I was a kid. These are serious wood and leather burners (yes you can use them on leather too). With all the different tips you can create all kinds of effects. Follow the instructions that comes with the kit so you don't end up creating wood burning art on your skin!
If you have some really cool designs of your own and want to transfer them to wood, I found a great video on doing just that with an iron. No mess, no hairspray, no gel medium, it was simply using the household iron. The only trick is the design must be laser printed, so take your design to a print shop and get them to make a copy using a laser printer.
How to transfer a design to wood
This is such a cool way to transfer designs to wood, especially to do pyrography. You can see at the end of the video how he coloured his design and make it unique. You could do this type of wood burning art on any wood you have and sell as your craft.
Hope this has inspired you to take your arts and crafts business a step further. It is always nice to try something different, and if you love it, chances are your customers will love it. I saw one artist simply doodle her way to sales with the wood burning tool on coasters. All you need is to protect the finish afterwards with some varnish or wax.
The biggest investment would be the tool you use, but they are not expensive especially online. So have fun with this craft and sell!
You can get all kinds of wood blanks and use the wood burning tool and designs to create all kinds of saleable items for your next craft show, or smaller items to sell online. This is a fun idea to consider or to take your drawings and paintings and doodles to the next level, the saleable level.
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