You know those projects that seem like they will be great ideas and you’re excited to try to create them? That’s how I felt about making a coastal cork trivet using a wood burning tool. However, once I got started, I soon realized that this project was more difficult than I thought it would be. I’ve got a few tips to share that I hope will give you a few pointers if you’re trying out a wood burning tool.
Welcome to the January Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. We had tons of fun participating in this challenge throughout 2018 and we’re looking forward to it again this year. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!
This month, my Pinspiration is from Amanda at Domestically Creative. I searched Pinterest for Wood Burning on Cork and lots of ideas came up. Amanda’s Custom Cork Trivets caught my attention. She created a set of them that are fabulous!
Last year for my birthday in August, one of the gifts I received was a wood burning kit. I thought it would be fun to work with, but just about the time I was ready to learn to use it, it was time for creating holiday posts and I didn’t find the time to get familiar with the tool. I was determined that once January rolled around, one of the first projects I wanted to do was to create something with the wood burning tool.
Supplies Used for Coastal Cork Trivet Made Using a Wood Burning Tool
- 8 x 8″ cork pads
- Vinyl stencils
- Transfer Paper
- Wood Burning Tool and Tips
- E6000 Glue
I bought a set of three cork pads at Goodwill sometime last year. As with many of my Goodwill purchases I wasn’t sure what I would use them for, but they were cheap and I knew I could use them for something crafty.
When I was thinking about using my wood burning tool, I thought of the trivets. That’s what prompted my Pinterest search for ideas.
For the trivet, I used two of them glued together because they are quite thin. I added a coastal design to both of them using Design Space for my Cricut.
After cutting and weeding, and using transfer paper, I placed the designs on two trivets and traced them using a pencil.
Before using the wood burning tool on the trivets, I practiced using both a small wood piece a small cork coaster. I soon learned that cork is not as easy as wood to work with. There is definitely a learning curve to using the tool even for simple designs like I chose to practice with. The amount of pressure is key to getting the right look for different spots on the design. My kit came with an assortment of tips and I tried lots of them.
After tracing the designs, I removed the vinyl and got started using the wood burning tool. I went over the outline of the trees first with a fine tip and then filled in the design with a round tip. I think that was one of my errors. I needed to use a different tip for the design. I can’t say that I’m happy with how it turned out. This was definitely user error.
For the sea shell, I tried using two tips, one for the outline and one for shading the rest of the design. As you can see, it didn’t work out too well.
Tips I learned for using a wood burning tool on cork:
- Applying the right amount of pressure makes a big difference in how the burn will look.
- Cork doesn’t have a defined grain, making it more difficult to work with than wood
- Dragging the tip without lifting helps to give more precise lines
- Using the proper tips makes a big difference! Practice. Practice. Practice.
- Don’t allow the tool to get too hot. Burning cork will become smokey quickly. Use low temperature settings.
- Cursing doesn’t help.
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I was frustrated while trying to complete these. I’m not a perfectionist, but I do like for projects to be visually appealing. This trivet doesn’t make the cut for being something that I’d want to have out on my counter top, but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up! I feel that practicing more with the tool would have been beneficial.
I’m going to call this Pinterest Challenge a semi-fail. It’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not great either.
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Coastal Cork Trivet Made Using a Wood Burning Tool
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