Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pyrograph craft

Last Christmas, I was given a pyrograph pen from Mum. Last Easter, whilst on holiday on the Gower, we picked up a small log from the farm where they had been chopping down hedging. Eight slices have been cut from the log, a hole has been drilled in the top of each for ribbon. In keeping with the natural look of the log slices, I have chosen to do a fir/snowflake type of design, drawn freehand with the pen.
It's actually a really easy thing to do. The pen came with loads of different tips, which I will have to play around with.
I'm quite pleased with the results and of course (apart from the cost of the pen which was a gift) completely free! I'm now on the look out for another suitable log to make some more.

I have an ironing mat which is heatproof, so I laid that underneath as a precaution. The pen did get quite hot to hold after doing about 4 slices. 

I can't quite decide on which ribbon to use. The ideal ribbon would be those bits you get on clothes to help hang them with, but I must have used them up. 

On a completely different note, Mr D cooked a fantastic roast chicken dinner for our guests on Saturday night, so I boiled up the carcass to make stock and pick over the bones for dinners for jet.
Every morning I invite Jet out to help me with the chickens. He seems to really like sniffing their feathery bottoms ...... They don't seem to mind either. But I had to laugh yesterday when I asked him if he wanted his chicken dinner - he got sooooo excited - I could possibly be giving him mixed messages?!! 

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  1. Your little log slices look great well done, garden twine would be nice if you have any :-)

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    1. Oh yes - I'll try that as I've always got garden twine. Would complete the natural look nicely. Thanks

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  2. Oh I love those. Natural wood is sooo nice. I have some plain wood stars for my tree this year and they are hung with natural garden twine like Dawn has suggested. X

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    1. Great fun to do and soooooo easy. Because they are natural, they don't need to be too perfect which is always good for me and craft!

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  3. Great idea. I have a pyrography set, as still unused .mmmmm But do I need to start another project?!

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    1. It was a quick project and very simple ......?

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    1. Thanks. I'm looking forward to trying it out on something else now.

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  5. Now look what you have done, I have another craft to peruse, it will wait until the new year though. Lots of sewing planned to keep me snug inside while this rain and wind plays merry hell with the trees.

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    1. Definitely worth a go. I keep wanting to try my hand at embroidery but I'm putting it off as I think I might be rubbish - the need for precision is a hurdle!

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  6. I love these but am ashamed to say I'd never heard of one of these pens! Spirograph - now that's something I could do for hours!! I'm going to research pyrography!

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    1. Mine came from Amazon and wasn't too expensive.
      I remember Spirograph sets - we used to enjoy those :)

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  7. Nice work, they really look good.

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  8. had a go at this years ago at a craft event - I was hopeless! - couldn't even do a flower

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    1. That's why I went abstract - nothing to actually recognise .... Or not !!

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  9. Your ornaments are wonderful.
    When I was young (a hundred years ago) I think we called them just Wood burners Sets.
    But poor Jet he is very confused I am sure. but happy. The Square Ones know the word chicken and love it !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I did have to smile to myself that I was in fact teaching him the word chicken in the same sentence as dinner!

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  10. They are lovely, I have never heard of a pyrograph pen. Does it burn the wood to make the pattern?

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    1. Thanks :)
      Yes, you plug it in and the metal tip gets hot so burns the wood. You can use it on leather too and the pen has multiple different tips. I think it was about £20?

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  11. Oh wow, they are really lovely, clever you!

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  12. I've never heard of that craft before. Its really clever. I'll have to look that up.

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  13. You're more artistic than me .. those look great.

    Yes we are careful what we call the chickens in front of the dogs. They eat 'chicken' for dinner but the things that they hang around with outside and lay us our eggs are called 'the birdies' they seem to think they are totally different things.

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