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    Pyrography

    Wasn't sure which to post this in so here goes. After watching a DVD by Brian McEvoy on embellishments to bite the bullet and get a woodburning outfit. I finally decided on the Optima 1 dual burner. I contacted several people that do woodburning and they all told me 3 to 5 pens is all that is needed to do any and all woodburning. They said other pens are nice but not needed. I also went with the fixed pens as most all of them said they would hold up better. They all said after being used a lot the joints where you change pen tips do become weak after a while thus losing heat. I am posting a couple of pictures of the first test piece. It is not the best but didn't think to bad for the first burn. Added a little color at the urging of the LOML. It is going to take a while to get used to burning curves, etc. I still have 4 pens coming, a book on woodburning and a two DVD set to hopefully help with the learning curve. I have two HF's waiting for me to get comfortable enough to do some woodburning on them and hopefully many others.
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    That's neat, and it interests me too. What do you use for color? Is it permanent?
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    Neat. Lot of applications for that. It could become an avocation in itself.
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    Looks like a nice unit. Good to have dual ports. This way you don't have to swap pens all the time.
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    That looks like Fun Bernie. Not meaning to hijack the post or anything like that but I just recently inherited a burning set as well as carving tools dremels, electric carvers ( see pics) the burner is a razor tip ssd-10 with one fixed tip and one that is interchangable tip(though I can't find the push in style that I have anywhere) from a friends dad that can't use them anymore due to health reasons. One of the guys at the turning club told me that the interchangable tip style I have doesn't exist as it is not the screw in type just a push in. I have no idea only that It works like it is. I have been meaning to spend some time with these as I am interested in incorporating it into the turnings. So this is an interesting post of yours that is definatly interesting maybe even a new section on the family site dedicated to this. Anyways LV has a set of 5 tips on sale right now that I have ordered to see how they work but I have found it impossible to find any tips anywhere even in the local hobby store.
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    Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

    Cynthia I used some pens from Michael's. They are double ended with a brush like tip on one end and spade type tip on the other. I imagine a fine tipped sharpie would work to. I have a couple I am going to try. I also found that the color won't bleed past the burnt lines so that is a good thing.

    Drew you might check this website for tips. You can e-mail her as she sells razor burning units and tips. These are the three tips recommended to me. The HD30M, HD14M & 99.015 Pens. Sue Walters is a top woodburner and she was helpful. Her webpage has lots of good info on it. I bought this DVD from her ( Pyrography Nibs & Their Use) and hopeful it will be helpful. I also got here 2 DVD set (Pyrography Workshop with Sue Walters DVD).

    http://www.suewalters.com/RazertipEntrancePage.html

    I did a awful lot of research before I bought and hopefully will have fun for a long time. Hope this helps.
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    Thanks Bernie, That is fantastic. I picked up a pyrography learn to burn magazine from scrollsaw woodworking & crafts last month and it has a review of all the burners and a complete list of tips and such to do with the burning.
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    Nice score Bernie! I'll be keeping my eye out for one of those.
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    Nice set of carving gouges you've got there Drew, some block gouges and some detail gouges plus two sets of riffler rasps, from that set I guess that the previous owner was into bird or decoy carving.

    Sorry for the hijack Bernie, that first attempt looks promising to me, I can foresee some turnings with burnt in decorations

    I guess that pirography is very much like drawing, you must play with the line thickness to drive the interest where you want it to.
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    Looks like you're off to a good start, Bernie.
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