Bird House Pyrography

I had one final gift, for dear friends on New Years, to make. I came up with another wood burning project!

birdhouse8m I started with a small bird house blank that I picked up for $1.00. Then burned designs onto it,

birdhousem This is one of my favorite pieces so far!

birdhouse2m Side view, I kept it fairly simple, but could easily get carried away.

birdhouse4m If I were a tiny bird, I think I might want to live here.

So far, what I have learned about pyrography:

  1. Dots are very easy to do.
  2. Wood is uneven and burns at different rates in different places.
  3. Any knots in the wood are completely frustrating to go over because they do not take the marks very easily.
  4. I have to watch my pinky finger at all times cause it is a tricky little finger that likes to go near the hot part of the tool.
  5. And finally, slow and steady win the race.

What have you made this year?

7 Thoughts on “Bird House Pyrography

  1. I agree this is darling!!

  2. Kristi Andres on January 3, 2014 at 9:44 am said:

    so cool! I think I would definitely burn myself if I tried that. I’m very prone to accidents. I think I’ve been to the ER more than the kids! I’m almost done with the top of my new queen size quilt. just sew the side strips on. Then I can piece the back (7.5 yards of fabric!!) and try to machine quilt it. I’ve never machine quilted anything bigger than a twin, so we’ll see!! :)

    • WOW! impressive (the quilt not the accidents:().
      That is a lot of fabric to quilt! Woohoo!
      I can’t wait to see it.
      I am also accident prone. I am being ultra careful with this searing hot tool!

  3. This is really sweet Michelle – my primary school used to have an arts and crafts festival every year, and we all got to try woodburning each year and take home our masterpieces – I still remember the smell and it was so much fun :) I love what you’ve been doing so far!

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