The kit from Lowe’s is actually pretty versatile — it comes with a good selection of tips to get different effects and you can use it on a lot of materials such as cork, leather, suede, and of course, wood.
Before you jump right in take the tool for a test run that way you can kind of get the feel of the tool and the tips, see how your material will react to different pressures, all that good stuff.
Here are some basic pointers i picked up trying out the tool: the tool heats up almost immediately, so put your first tip on before you plug it in. Slow and steady wins the race here – this isn’t a ‘fast’ technique so take your time. Apply even pressure as you go, and the longer you leave your tool in one place, the deeper and darker the burn will be. Burning with the grain will provide the least resistance to the tool, burning against the grain more resistance.
You can pencil on a design to follow or even transfer a design using graphite or carbon paper, or if you’re comfortable free-handing, go crazy. It’s a fun tool to just play around with.
As you’re working along, you may reach a point where you feel the tool isn’t burning as well. Try rubbing the tip quickly over a sanding block to get rid of any built up debris. While burning into the material does seem awfully permanent, if you make a mistake when you’re working on wood you can always sand it out.
When you want to change out a tip remember this tool is hot! So use a pair of pliers and put the tip on a scrap of granite or leftover tile. It’s also a good resting surface for the tool and the tips while you work. So get inspired by our ideas or come up with your own and have fun trying out this tool.
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