Most Pyrography Burners come with multiple tips like the Colwood Wood-Burner this is going to be your guide for using wood-burning tips.
Of course, there are other wood-burners out there, but since I use this one exclusively, I am going to cover what their purpose and which ones I use.
One of the main things I want to point out is that Colwood has RT (Replacement Tip) and FT (Fixed Tip), and the main difference been RT and FT is that the wood-burning tips are permanently attached to the handle.
Also, the RT pen tips have a lip on them which allows them to be pulled from the handle using a pen tip puller.
Polished vs Unpolished Tips
Colwood offers polished and unpolished tips. Again both work well however, the polished glides over the surface smoother and it is easier to remove carbon build-up from. Colwood charges a bit extra to polish the tips. I have mostly unpolished RT Tips and I think it just comes down to personal preference. And while I haven’t worked with Leather yet, my understanding is that the polished ones are best to use for pyrography projects involving leather.
Straight or Bent Tips
Not all of Colwood’s Tips come with the bent option and personally I would only recommend this for shading tips. I would imagine that the writing tip or with knife tips.
Alright let’s get on with it, below I am going over some of the RT Tips that I have currently on hand and what they do. In my next post, I’ll show you what that looks like and how you can create your own sampler and know what the wood-burning looks like depending on the tip and heat setting.
This is the C Writer. I use it for treetops and bushes and signing my name to the work. Depending on how you hold this pen, determines how thick/thin your lines are going to be.
Tight Round J (1/8) Shader is razor-thin, allowing it to be used for thin lines and then switch it for shading the larger areas.
D (3/16). This is also a shader tip and works well for larger background pyrography. It creates a larger burn pattern, but it still small enough that it can easily do fine work as needed.
FT – E (1/4″) Spade – this shader is great for large background pyrography and burning lines as needed.
Pie Bent (PB) -This Tip Style is designed with two parabolic curves meeting to a point at the top. Allowing for a smooth transition from curved to pointed lines. Depending on what you’re working on this can be used for feathers or scales with a bit of imagination.
Fixed Tip-SP (Spoon Shader) – Used for outlining feathers and shading. And while I have this one, it isn’t one I use often. Actually, I may have only used it once. It’s not one of my favorites to use.
Fixed Tip-B (1/4″) Large Point. The largest of the straight point tips used for doing straight lines. This is great for when you are doing buildings and rooftops.
This is the Ft – QT (Quill Tip) – it’s purpose is outlining feathers and shading.
Fixed Tip-Bob Gauge. Used for outlining feathers. I may have used this once.
FT-SQ (Square) – I have this but hardly ever use it. It is used for raising of shafts and outlining feathers. This tip is also great for flat burning and for raising sharp lines, shading, and calligraphy.
Fixed Tip-S (Shading) -Used for outlining feathers and shading. This is by far my favorite tip and I would say I use it for 90% of my pyrography.
If you have a different wood-burning kit – the best thing I can tell you about getting familiar with your tips is to create a sampler, which I will cover in my next post!