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Playing with Fire!

scottish coasters

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but earlier this year I invested in a pyrography kit. I love it – I get to draw and burn things at the same time! It’s taken a bit of getting used to, and takes longer than drawing on paper, but it’s really fun and gives some great results.

pyrography machine
For those of you who aren’t sure what pyrography is, I just need you to know that it’s different from pyromania! It’s essentially wood burning – drawing onto wood by burning into it. Here’s a pic of the machine.

I thought it would give me another fun medium to draw onto and I was right. It’s obviously a bit more challenging than drawing onto paper, as the grain sometimes makes it difficult to get a smooth line, but after a bit of practice I started to more or less get the hang of it. I found some very cheap wooden spatulas at Wilko’s to practice on and these are some of my first attempts.

pyrography on spoons and spatulas
Once I was brave enough I ordered some other wooden bits and pieces to burn onto, including coasters, chopping boards and egg cups amongst other things. Here are some of the coasters which I’ve recently put into my Etsy shop (you can click on any of the pics to go straight to that product page on Etsy).

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