I took my wood burning skills to the next level recently by burning in typeface without a stamp. I have the Walnut Hollow wood burner that runs at about $15.00, and it's been a great investment. While the tips I have are usually more than sufficient, this particular project looked so good that I may get the typeface stamps for my burner and label all our wood furniture like the Adam West bat cave.
I printed several sizes of wording, selected the best size, then cut it out as a block. I wanted to avoid cutting out the individual letters, since I'd never be able to get them into a straight line again.
From here, I could have done some Exacto knife cutting to make a stencil, then pencil a design onto the piece. However, I took the smallest tip of my wood burner and made a series of dots through the paper, leaving an outline when I removed the type.
Then, by looking at the original, I burned the space within the outlines.
I also recently finished a bench now at SmArt. It had a good run at our house. I purchased it before Christmas last year at Goodwill, thinking that surely something might come of it, and I was able to both restore the bench and reuse the Christmas decorations on it.
The festive lace found a new home tacked (only temporarily!) onto my entry for my office's ugly sweater contest. Can you believe I came in second?!?
The frilly decorations pulled off easily, but the hot glue was on fairly well. So the little bench sat for awhile and held odds and ends on my craft table, until I had the time to get back to it. Then, before I burned my flowers and Zentangle-inspired designs into the piece, I made sure I could get the glue off using my wood burner's hot knife.
I first sanded the piece to get as much of the goo off as possible and get the superficial nicks out of the Goodwill find. I was in a ventilated space, and the knife did well as long as I went slowly to melt the glue. Then, I forgot the knife was hot and tried to remove some glue on the side with my thumb.
Next time I'll keep a scrap piece of denim to quickly swipe it off.
I penciled my sketches, then got to work. Bamboo is my favorite to work with, but doll furniture is usually fairly soft. When you can easily decorate a piece, like this one, it's more fun to do elaborate designs.