Pyrography is a form of art where the artist applies burn marks on a piece of wood to draw some image or letters on it. Artists use a pyrography or wood burning pen to form the image on wood. In this article, I’ve listed out some of the best pyrography (wood burning) pens.
What you should look for in a pyrography pen kit? It should be a quick setup, easy to use, should be able to control the temperature. The pen should heat up and cool down faster. It should be easy to maneuver to give you excellent control, so that you can form those curves easily. Does it show the temperature in a LED panel? It should also contain a carrying case for easy mobility. If you are a beginner, also look for tips and guides.
Safety Tips from TRUart
- Do not use excessive pressure when texture burning–learn to adjust the heat setting to make it work for you, instead of stressing the pen and tip.
- Never touch metal object with a nib – this can destroy unit due to electrical shortcut.
- Use care and common sense in how you clean and/or re-sharpen the tips. Use a leather strop or bugging wheel with fine polishing rouge and learn to work at the lowest temperature necessary to achieve the result you want.
- Always keep the unit out of the reach and away from children. Tips are sharp and very hot, and will burn skin and flesh easier than wood.
- Whenever you burn, assume a comfortable and relaxed position, with respect given to arm, head, body and leg position. For example, if you begin to feel stress in the back of your neck, change the angle you are holding the work, or adjust the heat of your seat to relieve the strain.
- Always work with sufficient quantity and quality of light. Use a shadow light (a strong light to the left of the work–if you are right-handed) that creates a shadow with each stroke, making it easier to place and register strokes.
- Turn the unit OFF whenever you leave it–not only will you avoid a fire hazard, but you will prolong the life of the burning tip. Most burning units will heat the tip to operational temperature in less than thirty seconds–time well spent when considering the possible alternatives that could occur by not turning the unit off.
- If the handpiece begins to make noise and stops heating, turn it off and re-tighten the nib holder using pliers. If that does not help – turn off the tool and replace nib. If handpiece still does not work with replacement nib, it might be defective handpiece – please contact us to arrange repair and/or replacement.
- If a unit begins to make noise or buzz, turn it off, allow the pen to cool, and change pens. Usually, an occurrence such as this is indicative of a shorted pen. If the noise continues with a new pen, you should contact us to ascertain the cause of the problem and/or make arrangements to return the unit.
- Keep wood scraps available to check heat settings and to practice strokes. To maintain uniformity, the test piece should be the same type of wood as the carving you are, or will be working on.