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I am an extreme novice at wood burning, but I really want to get better at it. My DIL, who is much better at it than I am, recently introduced me to a product that is changing my wood burning life. I am still a novice, but now there is literally an entire new dimension to my wood burning because of this product!
The Scorch Marker contains a non-toxic chemical that allows you to write or draw on wood and then use heat to achieve the look of wood burning. In order to apply heat, you need a heat gun like this:
My husband recently bought me a heat gun because I told him that I wanted to try this craft! (Read about it here.) I have been having so much fun trying these new toys out! I have also been combining the Scorch Pen with my original wood burner to get a shading effect and to add depth to the things I do.
Since we have started to put in a small garden, I thought it would be fun to wood burn some cute garden markers to dress it up a little bit. In my novice way, I started out using wood slices which I later learned was not the best choice for a wood burning project because of the darkness of the center of the wood and because of the sap if the wood is pine. I made my first "Basil" marker before my Scorch Pen was delivered.
Then the Scorch Marker was delivered and I tried it on the wood slice again for my tomatoes.
I realized that I needed lighter wood with a finer grain, made of something other than pine, such as ash or basswood. I had some of these lighter wood shapes. I don't know what wood they are but I tried them out with much better results.
Here is how I put the markers together, just click on the photos to see better.
I am enjoying learning something new! Here are some the things I have learned so far:
So, give the Scorch Marker a try and have some fun with it! I feel like the possibilities are endless and I have just begun to scratch the surface! If you've tried it and you have any tips, please let me know in the comments!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!