Continuing with my DIY basics series from 2 years ago, I decided to share the inner workings of a new crafting toy I’ve had for 4 years and never used; the creative wood-burning tool kit from Michaels (this is the kit I purchased; https://www.michaels.com/creative-woodburner-value-tool/10005558.html).
The kit contains:
- 950° Tool Featuring On/ Off Switch
- 5596 – Cone Point
- 5594 – Shading Point
- 5590 – Universal Point
- 5592 – Flow Point
- Tool Stand
These are how the 4 points look (the different shapes create different effects).
Universal Point – For basic lines of varying thicknesses
Flow Point – For curves and fine detailing
Cone Point – For fine lines. dots and dark curves
Shading Point – Smooth gradations, tear drop patterns and subtle shading techniques
HOW TO USE THE WOOD BURNING PEN
- Plug it in for 4-5 min. Make sure the pen is resting on the provided stand to avoid burning yourself.
- Hold the pen as you would a pencil and first practice with the universal point to draw lines and basic words.
- Once you get the hang of it, you can do more elaborate designs using the other points.
- Use sandpaper to clean off the point as needed (be careful here as the tip will be very hot).
- For elaborate designs. draw a basic template on wood using a pencil. This makes it easier to go over the lines with the wood pen.
- When switching between points, always cool the pen down first before removing the current point. Use a small pair of pliers to remove the hot point safely and easily.
Tip: The harder / stronger the wood, the more pressure you can use. Elements like shading or dark outlines can be done with a stronger wood. If you try it with a soft, cheap wood (as usually seen in craft stores), you can crack or damage the piece.
ENGRAVED WOOD HANDLE:
Obviously, I had to try a Harry Potter themed wood item and decided on a ladle I got at the dollar store.
I wrote ‘This ladle is a Horcrux’ without an outline and drew a little Deathly Hallows symbol at the bottom.
This wood was also soft but without grain, which means the tip would press into the wood with the least pressure and create a huge dark mark. I had to be very careful with the pressure I used.
PHOTO CUBE PROJECT:
I bought a wood photo cube from Hobby Lobby with the image of a dog. I wanted to carve my chinchillas’ images on either side of the cube. I printed some chinchilla clipart outlines from google and used graphite transfer paper to add the outline.
I primarily used the flow and cone tips for this project. The cone was used to create the first basic outline. I went over it again with the flow tip. This wood was very soft and kept cracking as I added more pressure which is why I didn’t add any shading.
Things to Remember
- The slower and longer you press on wood, the darker the mark will be.
- Hold the pen lightly (even though it is on the heavier side). If you hold the pen tight, you will strain your fingers and feel the heat more.
- Always practice with a new piece of wood to see how the pen reacts. Soft woods with minimal grain, such as pine or aspen, are easier to burn than hardwoods.
- Never touch the top or metal parts of the pen, especially when hot.