I experimented with the tips on scrap wood for several hours and this is what I learned:
- The wood you are working with really needs to be sanded down. The rough splintered wood is very hard to make a design on.
- The thin pointed tip works great for outlining.
- The larger rounded tip works great for shadowing almost like a crayon.
- It is best to sketch your design with pencil on the wood before you burn it.
- Do not press the tip into the wood but slowly run it along the wood.
- Mix wood-burning techniques with paint for a fun effect.
- Wait for the wood-burning tool to fully cool off before you screw another tip onto the tool.
I began by first tracing the inside of the princess cut-out with the fine tip attachment.
Then I wanted to add little leaves. There is an attachment that is shaped like a leaf that I thought would be perfect for the job. Turns out it just makes scorch marks. I wasn’t really a big fan of this applicator and was glad that I tried it out on practice piece.
Lastly, I tried the larger rounded tip to make little leaves and I loved out those turned out!
The biggest thing I learned while working with Darice’s Wood Burning Tool is not to press too hard, but too work slowly and methodically creating my image. I am a crayon snapper, I am a high-stress person and I press down really hard on everything, whether I am using a pencil, pen, or even a paint brush. Using the wood burning tool was a wonderful stress release for me. There was something very calming about knowing that I had to do it slowly and lightly or I would ruin the piece.
The final and most important thing I learned is; if you don’t like it sand it off and start again!
My review was originally posted on Crafts Unleashed.