Posted 2 years ago
Let me first say that burning is tedious, time consuming it teaches you patience.So basically, I’m copying what was tooled into the leather originally on the trunk.Give or take a few lines. I use a hand burning kit that cost around $25. I really only use one or two tips that I like.
It requires sanding the wood completely first with the grain. Then drawing in pencil what ever you wish to burn. A ruler is helpful. There are light burns and heavy burns. The harder you press & and the longer you keep it there the deeper the burn. It is unforgiving, and quite permanent. It adds depth, & texture immediately to the wood surface. No such thing as an eraser so be careful for those wishing to give it a try. Periodically clean the brass burning tip with sandpaper or steel wool. A small metal straight edge can at times be helpful to guide the burner or just freehand it.The most important thing is doing it outside or a well ventilated area with a good sized fan on you taking the smoke away.
One thing that I have found is that stain doesn’t really travel through the burned surface. Especially gel stain. This allows me to use an artist brush to add different coloring effects etc. I used a 1/4 artist brush with both the the stains ,shellac and painted surfaces.
So much luck to those that would give it a try.
Get good on a piece of scrap wood first.