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Which Wood Burning Kit is Right for You?

Which Wood Burning Kit is Right for You?

Wood burning is a great way to add a personal touch to any woodworking project. A wood burning kit is a perfect way to get started, and it's a great gift for any woodworker, no matter their skill level.

A typical kit includes a wood burner, wood burning pen, or tips.

The wood burner is used to heat the wood burning pen, which is then used to apply the design. The tips come in various sizes and shapes, so you can create different effects.

Wood burning kits are an affordable and fun way to get started in wood burning, and they make a great gift for any occasion.

The Wood Burning Tool is the Most Important Part of a Kit

The wood burner unit or power supply is the most important aspect of any kit. It is the base bone of what you will use and what its capabilities are.

Razertip Sl3 Wood Burner

A wood burning tool is not just a heating element. There is so much more to a wood burning unit.

Here are a few things that you should consider when picking wood burner:

  • Temperature control
  • Heating Element
  • What kinds of tips or pens it will take?
  • Can you expand your hobby with it? Or will you have to invest more by buying a better unit?
  • What you plan on using it for?

This will help you determine which wood burning tool is right for you.

With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to try to pick the perfect one. But if you keep these things in mind, you'll be able to find the best wood burning tool for your needs.

There are two main types of wood burning tools: those with a built-in pen or hot knife (kind of an all in one unit like the Walnut Hollow tool), and those with a separate wood burning pen. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Wood burners with a built-in pen tend to be more compact and lightweight, making them easier to transport and store. They also typically have a shorter learning curve, as you don't need to worry about attaching and detaching the pen.

However, they can be bulkier to use and definitely don't have the flexibility in tips or temperature settings. The wood burning tools are usually not interchangeable between different brands. They also tend to be less expensive. They do include solid tips and tend to shy away from the wire tip design.

Wood burners with a separate pen, on the other hand, are often more versatile. The pens are usually interchangeable, so you can use different tips for different effects. However, the unit itself can be bulky and heavier.

The separate pyrography pen plugs into the units via a cord. This makes the pen itself much slimmer and easier to work when you are burning designs.

Wood Burning Pens and How They Work

Wood burning pens come in a couple of different designs. The pens can be fixed tip which means that the tip is welded and permanently attached to the pen handle.

This gives you the opportunity to easily grab a pen and start burning. The disadvantage is that they are more expensive.

The alternative is Replaceable Tip Pen or also referred to as an Interchangeable Tip pen. With this combination, you purchase a pen handle and the tips separately.

The wood burning tips fit into a brand-specific pen. You can change tips without the cost of an individual pen for every tip. This makes the tips economical and easy to upgrade. Depending on the brand of replaceable tips, there are even tip tools that will help you easily change the tips.

Whichever design you choose, you're sure to enjoy the art of wood burning! The fixed tip wood burning pens and replaceable tips have a ton of different designs available for your wood burning needs. There are all kinds of tips including snake scales, fish scales, writing tips, balls, and a ton of other designs. Both the fixed tip pens and the interchangeable tip pen option works great!

Getting Started on Your Wood Burning Project

There are a few things that you can do to make your wood-burning project easier.

  1. Start by selecting a wood burning design that you would like to burn on wood.
  2. Make a copy of your original art so you can refer to it or use it again later.
  3. Select the wood (or other material) that you will be burning the design on.
  4. If you are burning on wood, you'll need to prep the lumber. Start with coarser grits and sand the wood to 320 grit. Use a microfiber towel or tac cloth to wipe the wood clean.
  5. Use carbon paper, or graphite tracing paper, to transfer your design onto the wood. Lay the carbon paper down first and tape your design on top of it. Use a tracing stylus, pen, or pencil to copy the pattern onto the wood.
  6. Pick the wood burning tips or pens that you plan to use for the project and get started burning on wood!
  7. We recommend you test the heat settings on a piece of scrap material that has been prepped the same way you prepped the piece for your project.
  8. Use a natural rubber or gum eraser to remove the transfer marks after you have finished burning.
  9. Seal your wood and enjoy your finished wood burning project.

Wood burning kits can be a lot of fun, and they can also be a great way to enrich your life. Pyrography is a great hobby to get into, and it can help you to relax and unwind after a long day. Plus, burning on wood can be a great way to improve your skills and learn something new.

Try out a new wood burning kit today and see what you can make!

We currently do not sell TruArt stage or any other Truart products.

May 25, 2022 Cherry Tree Toys

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