Wood Burned Twine Box Mouse

Wood Burned Twine Box Mouse

Paper Mache Wood Burning Pyrography Project

I use little bits and scraps of twine all the time in the studio.  But after an hour of searching for my current twine ball I decided it was time to make something specific just to keep that bit of string easy to locate.



4″ wide heart-shaped paper mache box

Walnut Hallow Creative Woodburner

some 1/4″ and 1/2″ ribbon

some glue

a white colored pencil

bench knife

a bamboo skewer

a small ball of twine or cordage


A few ovals as my guidelines, made with a #4 soft pencil, create my mouse’s face and ears.  Working with my ball-tip pen and as hot a setting as the Walnut Hallow will take I began the burn.  Paper, especially paper mache, needs a high setting to burn both the paper and the glue content of the mache.

White colored pencil highlights her eyes, nose, and a few of the long hairs inside her ears.

After the burn was complete I used my bench knife to cut a small 1/8″ diameter, hole just above her ear, through the heart box lid.  Next, using my ball-tip pen on its highest setting I cleaned the sides of the hole by burning around the cut edge.

Now I grabbed a bamboo skewer that fits the hole I just created.  I wrapped a 1/4″ ribbon into a bow around the skewer, added a little glue to just the ribbon, and drop the skewer into the box lid hole.  The skewer holds the ribbon in place while the glue sets.  While that is drying you can add a 1/2″ wide ribbon along the outside edge of the box lid to add a little more sparkle.

After the glue on your ribbon has dried, gently remove the skewer.  Put your twine ball inside the box.  Thread the edge of the twine through the box lid hole, leaving about a 6″ tail.  Loosely tie the tail twine in a simple knot and move the knot against the box bow.

Your twine end will stay in place, and be ready to give you that next piece of twine scrap that you need.

Quick, easy, and fun …




Pyrography on Leather

Pyrography on Leather

I am spending some time this morning working on my Holiday gifts which will include a few leather wrist bands, leather bracelets, and leather crafted hair barrettes.  You can purchase pre-made leather items for your pyrography at most large craft stores at very reasonable prices.

Since I already had some leather scraps left over from a half-side hide I cut my own leather shapes. These are pieces of 8 ounce leather that are either irregular shapes or that have some imperfections, and therefore got regretted from another project.  But for what I am doing this morning they are just perfect.

Cattle Brand Leather Burned Bracelet
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Cattle Brand Leather BurningMy first sample, the Cattle Brand Bracelet, measures 1 1/2″ wide by 8″ long.  Through the middle left side of the scrap there is an obvious tear in the surface of the leather.  There are many ways this tear could have happened. In examining the scrap to see if it was ‘save-able’ it appeared to look like a scar made by barbed wire, which is exactly what sparked my idea for how to decorate it.

I used a stylized barbed wire design to accent the scar appearance of the flaw in the leather.  In the center of the lower barbed wire design I added my cattle brand and for my main design I used a classic long horn steer icon with stars.  My finished burning now makes that scratch in the leather surface into part of the overall design and gives the finished bracelet a real Wild West look.

I finished off this piece  by using a mid-sized hole punch along the bottom edge of the leather to create two holes, plus one hole at the outer edge of each side of the bracelet.  An 8″ piece of braided leather cord was used to secure my buffalo skull charm and two 12″ pieces were added to the side holes for tying.

To learn more about Cattle Brands, and to snatch a few free Lora S. Irish patterns for branding please visit our blog page about Cattle Brand Layouts.  This page also features the Long Horn Steer pattern.  If you wish to explore more Wild West ideas, you might enjoy our Western and South West themed pattern packages at ArtDesignsStudio.com.

Lady Bug Hair Barrette
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Lady Bug Pyrography Leather Hair BandSearching further in my leather scrap bag for my wood burning projects I came across several pieces that were perfect size for hair barrettes.  My sample barrette uses a 4 1/2″ x 2″ wide piece of 8 ounce leather, a bamboo kitchen skewer, and an assortment of jewelry making supplies.  The arch along the top edge of the barrette was cut by placing a salad plate, evenly centered, over the leather and then cut using my bench knife. The side arches were created using large medicine jar lids.

This particular piece of leather had one very odd, dark-colored spot – just were my ladybug now resides.  That spot was not big enough to be a problem in burning the design, but obvious enough I could not ignore it.  My solution was simple, any spot in leather can be hidden using acrylic paint or permanent marking pen.  So I needed a design that would allow me to color over the spot once the pattern was burned.

My choice was to do a fun Henna Pattern project and add one little, brightly colored Lady Bug to hide that blemish.  Once the burning was completed I used black and red permanent pens to color my Bug!  She was so fun, and outstanding that I returned to my scrap bag to find more little scraps to add more little Lady Bugs to the beaded decoration of the piece.

If you want to try your hand at Henna Tattoo burning, check out our two newest pattern packs at ArtDesignsStudio.com in our New Release section.

So, the lesson for today … don’t avoid problems in your burning media, use them to your advantage!