Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – 3

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – 3

Henna Tattoo Moon Face PlaqueThe question that we are going to explore over the next few days as we work through two step-by-step pyrography projects using the Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – the Henna Moon Plaque, and the Henna Moon Leather Journal.  This post will take you through the steps for preparing your wood plaque, and tracing your pattern.  We will look at basic hand positions used in pyrography, and outlining the pattern in the next post.

Henna Moon Pyrography Project
Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – Introduction
Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer 2 – History of Henna Tattoos

 

 

Henna Moon Pyrography Pattern

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Henna Moon Tracing PatternHenna Moon Working Pattern

 

Walnut Hollow Wood Burning ToolHenna Moon Plaque Supply List:

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer
8″ x 10″ Birch Plywood Plaque
Soft #4B to 7B pencil
White artist’s eraser and a Document Cleaning Pad
220-grit sandpaper
Brown kraft paper – an old grocery store paper bag
Painter’s tape or masking tape
Ruler

 

free pyrography patternPreparing the Wood Plaque

Step 1:  Lightly sand the working surface of your birch plywood with 220-grit sandpaper, working the sanding strokes with the grain lines of the wood.  Remove the sanding dust using a soft, clean cloth.

Step 2:  Tear a large section of brown kraft paper from a paper bag.  Crumble the paper in your hand into a loose ball.  Use the crumbled paper to lightly sand the working surface of your board.  Remove the sanding dust using a soft, clean cloth.

Note 1:  While sandpaper does remove loose fibers and reduce uneven areas in our wood plaques, it also leaves very fine scratches in the surface of the wood. By working your sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain you hide those fine scratch between the wood grain lines where they will not show after the area has been burned, stained, or colored. 

Note 2: Paper is abrasive.  In wood carving I use newspaper as the final sharpening surface for my bench knife and carving tools.  Brown kraft paper is a wonderful sanding media to remove any scratches left from the 220-grit paper and to give your wood surface a light burnished finish.  As a wood carver and pyrographer I hoard all brown paper bags that come into the house.

tracing a pyrography patternPreparing the Pattern Paper

Step 3:  Click on the Henna Moon pattern and save a copy to your desktop.  You can resize this image to exactly fit your plaque by using an image editing or photo editing program.  Print a copy of the pattern using your computer’s printer.  The pattern image that is shown here is sized to fit an 8″ x 10″ birch plaque and allows room for a border pattern.

Step 4:  Fold the pattern paper into quarters – once along the horizon line and once vertically. Creasing along the fold lines.  The intersection of the fold lines marks the center of your pattern for easy placement on the wood.

Step 5:  Turn the pattern paper to the back and rub the entire back surface with a soft #4 to #7 pencil.  This coats the back with a layer of graphite.

tracing a pyrography patternStep 6:  Using a ruler and pencil mark the center horizontal and vertical line of your wood plaque.

Step 7:  Place the folder pattern paper at the center cross lines on the wood plaque.  Carefully open the pattern, keeping the fold lines along the penciled guidelines on the wood.  Tape the top edge of the pattern paper to  the wood to hold it in place.

 

 

tracing a pyrography patternStep 8:  Using an ink pen, trace the pattern lines.  Lift a corner of your pattern paper and check that you have all of the pattern transferred.  Remove the pattern paper and tape.

 

 

 

 

 

how t otrace a pyrography patternNote: There are several methods to transferring a pyrography pattern to your media, and which you use depends on which media on which you will work.

For wood I usually do a #7 or #8 pencil rubbing because the graphite is dark enough to easily follow with my pen tip and can be completely removed after the burning is done using a white artist eraser.  Please be careful if you use colored erasers as you can transfer some of the eraser dye onto your project.

For watercolor paper I will use a #2 to #4 pencil.  With the white color of the paper I only need a pale graphite trace and any pencil lines left after the burning are often barely visible. 

If I am burning cotton or linen cloth I use a water soluble quilt marking pen with the cloth, laid over the pattern on my light box.  When the burning is done a light ironing with steam makes the pen marks disappear.

Leather crafters often transfer their patterns by wetting the leather surface with clean water.  The pattern paper is laid on top of the damp leather and traced using a fine point stylist or ink pen.  When completed the tracing process leaves a fine indented, unmarked line on the leather.  I don’t use this process on my leather projects because that indented line does not go away and can cause my pen to skip or wobble during a stroke.  Instead I treat the pattern transfer as if I were working on wood with a #7 or #8 soft pencil.  Any pencil lines can be removed after the burning using a Document Cleaning Pad which is a soft cloth bag filled with ground eraser bits.

If you prefer to free hand your own designs to wood, leather, or paper consider doing the line work using watercolor pencils!  Both Prismacolor and Derwent have watercolor pencils that can be purchased individually.  A Pale Sienna pencil will create a line one or two tonal values darker than basswood and birch plywood.  I use 20% French Gray for my watercolor paper burnings.  When you are finished the work you can either lift the watercolor pencil using a lightly damp cloth, or you can incorporate the pencil lines into your paint or pencil color additions.

Finished Tracing Steps

Tracing a pyrography patternStep 9:  At this point you should have your pattern transferred to your sanded and burnished plywood plaque.  We are ready to start the outlining steps in the next post.  See you there!

 

 

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – 2

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – 2

Henna Tattoo Moon Face PlaqueHenna Tattoos

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I love creating realistic, highly detailed, finely shaded images with my pyrography.  The introduction of affordable hot tipped pen woodburners to the craftsman, over the last few decades, has opened a new avenue, allowing many of us to bring our fine art skills to new medias as wood, leather, watercolor paper, and even fabric.  Hours and hours of carefully pulled strokes, layered shading, and fine line detailing can create images that are almost photographic.

But once in a while I just want to kick back, relax, and have a little fun with a pattern or design where I don’t have to be so very careful or absolutely accurate.  Once in a while I just want to play with my wood burning!  Henna tattoo patterns are just perfect for a play session of burning.

Quoting from Wikipedia: “Henna has been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. The earliest text mentioning henna in the context of marriage and fertility celebrations comes from the Ugaritic legend of Baal and Anath, which has references to women marking themselves with henna in preparation to meet their husbands, and Anath adorning herself with henna to celebrate a victory over the enemies of Baal. Wall paintings excavated at Akrotiri (dating prior to the eruption of Thera in 1680 BCE) show women with markings consistent with henna on their nails, palms and soles, in a tableau consistent with the henna bridal description from Ugarit. Many statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE along the Mediterranean coastline have raised hands with markings consistent with henna. This early connection between young, fertile women and henna seems to be the origin of the Night of the Henna, which is now celebrated worldwide.”

Henna Tattoo Patterns by Lora IrishWhy use Henna Tattoo patterns in our pyrography?

Fine line henna designs as body art dates back to the Bronze Age.  As we work through today’s steps in our Henna Moon plaque pattern, we are following in the foot steps of an art style that is at least 4000 years old.  These simple line patterns are hand created on a flexible, moving surface – skin.  They are seldom perfect either in the execution or in the repetition of a pattern element.  Circles are not perfectly round, lines often wobble, and some flowers may have eight petals while the next repeat of that flower has only seven.

This makes Henna Tattoo patterns perfect for the beginning pyrographer – you can’t make a mistake working a Henna design!  You are guaranteed success because you are following the hand-crafted look of the real tattoo. You can practice pulling long curved lines with your pen tip, adding light shading, and controlling the depth and tonal value of your burn without worrying about being accurate and true to your pattern lines.

For the advance wood burner, Henna patterns give you a chance to relax while working a image.  Photo-realism is often the goal of an advanced burner, but that style of work is executed with intense concentration and tight muscle control over the pen tip movement.  Henna patterns remind you, the advanced pyrographer, to relax your hand and muscle control, to re-experience free flowing motions, and to ‘just let the pyrography happen’.

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RELAX!

As we work through the Henna Moon plaque I will be reviewing the performance of the Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer.  I will also be focusing on how a relax hand position, and a relaxed attitude during any burning session makes your line work smoother, more even, and more alive. For my beginners, remember that you just can’t make a mistake with a Henna Pattern.  The worst that can happen is that you drop your hot pen tip and it rolls across the face of your plaque leaving a long smug mark.  And if that happens, fear not!  I will be teaching you how to give your finished work a vintage/antique look that will make that accident into a wonderful finished effect!

So, lets begin with preparing your board and tracing your pattern in the next post to this free pyrography project.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with nor work for Walnut Hollow.  I am receiving no financial compensation for this post. My review of their product, the Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer, is just my personal opinion and experience in using this tool.

 

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer

Walnut Hollow Woodburner DetailerA little history

Please click on the images in this posting for a full-sized photo!

Henna Moon Pyrography Project
Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer – Introduction
Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer 2 – History of Henna Tattoos
Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer 3 – Tracing the Pattern

Let’s take the Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer out for a test drive by working through two step-by-step free pyrography wood burning projects featuring Henna Tattoo designs.

I began my wood burning passion over three decades ago when I purchased my first Walnut Hollow burner.  That first burner was a one-temperature tool with five interchangeable brass tips.  You plugged it into your wall socket, waited a few minutes until the tip got hot, then did your project.  Around 2005 I purchased a second Walnut Hollow burner.  There was nothing wrong with the one that I already had, I simply wanted to have two different tools, each with its own tip, to make it easy to change tip profiles without unplugging, waiting for the tool to cool, then changing out to the new tip.

Walnut Hollow Woodburner DetailerThen about six years ago I got my first Walnut Hollow Versa-Tool that features a rheostat temperature dial control on the cord.  I still actively use all three burners even though I do own a Colwood, RazorTip, and Optima – full temperature, high-end, total-control machines.  For quick burns, adding a touch of detailing or lettering, adding an accent border around a relief carving, or for burning away the fuzz bunny wood fibers in my wood carving, this style of burner is perfect.

For someone just starting into Pyrography I always recommend that you start with a Walnut Hollow.  They are extremely reasonable in price, give you a nice range of burning tips, and are available at most large craft stores.  If you come to love pyro as I do you can always invest in a high-end burner, but I promise you will return to your Walnut Hollow often.

Now, owning two one-temperature Walnut Hollows, one Versa-Tool, and three high-end full temperature control machines I really didn’t need another wood burner!  But … in browsing through Michael’s not long ago I noticed a burner I had not yet seen – the Woodburner Detailer.  I admit I was curious as to why another would want a one-temperature burner that has only one fine ball tip when the Versa-Tool was hanging right next to it on the display.  So, of course I bought a Detailer, brought it home, and put it to the test!

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer

The package says that the Detailer is “A perfect temperature for precision and detail” and shows that the one-temperature setting for this tool is a 120 volt, 16.5 watt, 750 degrees F (398.89C) unit. In comparison the Versa-Tool uses 120 volts, 25 watts, and reaches 950 degrees F.

It has one brass interchangeable tip that is a 1/16″ wide x 3/16″ long ball tip profile.  It has the classic Walnut Hollow styled handle with the hand guard flare, but is a beige color instead of the tradition burgundy of the Versa-Tool.

The cord is very flexible and measures 56″ long.  About 19″ from the end of the handle, the cord has an in-line on/off switch.  I have been working with this burner for about a month now and have not once found myself out of reach of my project, or having to fight the cord to get the tip into proper position.

Now, owning three other Walnut Hollow I have a large assortment of interchangeable tips, all of which fit the Detailer.  So any tip that I commonly use with my Versa-Tool I can use with my new Detailer.  If you are just starting out and want to give the Detailer a try yourself, pick up a set of Special Technique Points I and/or Special Technique Points II to give yourself a wide range of burning tip profiles.

Why?  Why would I want another Walnut Hollow?

Free Pryography Henna Moon Face Plaque ProjectThat’s the question that we are going to explore over the next few days as we work through two step-by-step pyrography projects using the Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer.

Henna Moon Plaque Supply List:

Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer
8″ x 10″ Birch plywood plaque
Soft #4B to 7B pencil
White artist’s eraser and a Document Cleaning Pad

Henna Moon Spell Book Journal Supply List:

6″ wide x 16″ long vegetable-tanned leather
1/4″ leather hole punch
2 yards of black waxed linen cord or heavy twine
Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer
Special Technique Points I or your interchangeable tips from any other Walnut Hollow burner

Walnut Hollow Wood Burning ToolSneak Preview!

When I began working with the Detailer I really thought it was going to be ‘just another’ woodburning tool that would end up on my craft shelf …. Boy!  Was I wrong !!!!  I was just going to give it a try but by the time I made myself put the Detailer down I had finished the Henna Moon plaque, two large gourd winter roosting houses, one gourd art miniature gourd ring box, two leather and lace wrist bands, and a Vintage Gryffindor-styled Leather Spell Book. I will be posting the photos of the other finished projects throughout this project.

The Walnut Hollow Woodburner Detailer does exactly what it advertises – it holds a perfect temperature for precision and detail wood burning.

So, get your supplies together.  Tomorrow I will be posting the free pattern to these two projects and begin the step-by-step photo instructions.