She came across this art form at a friend’s place.He had been practicing the art for years.So impressed was she by the medium, that she requested him to coach her on the same and within days she mastered it and also acquired a Pyrography pen, a pre-requisite to any Pyro-artist!
Pyrography or Pyrogravure is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning. The term means “writing with fire”, from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing). It can be practiced using specialized modern Pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens. The result is a sepia toned image but many Pyrographic artists add colour using pastels, watercolor or acrylics. The best Pyrographic works successfully combine the subtle wood grain textures with beautiful line work and shading.
A large range of tones and shades can be achieved. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material all create different effects. After the design is burned in, wooden objects are often colored. Light-colored hardwoods such as sycamore, basswood, beech and birch are most commonly used, as their fine grain is not obtrusive. However, other woods, such as pine or oak, are also used. Pyrography is also applied to leather items, using the same hot-iron technique. Leather lends itself to bold designs, and also allows very subtle shading to be achieved. Specialist vegetable-tanned leather must be used for Pyrography (as modern tanning methods leave chemicals in the leather which are toxic when burned), typically in light colors for good contrast.
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