working 01

Well, I really should be working on other things, namley on the completion of 346. So I just gave it a quick go – and rather like the outcome of this first test.

fish burn 2
a scan of the first trial on parchment paper
fish burn close-up
close-up of the fish (larger than life-sized on my computer screen)

I first tried it on the thick parchment paper which I used to make to touch and to cut. When the tip moves quickly and/or isn’t too hot, it makes a faint uncoloured mark where the paper, or probably the size is melting a little. Of course it is also possible to burn through the paper. The round blob behind the fish in the image there is where hot hair that leaves through a hole in the tip melted the paper. – I had not even been aware of that hole when I suddenly felt the paper curl and quickly pulled the pen away.

Here is a close-up of the fish at an angle – there is a three dimensionality to the burned paper that is not really captured well in the scan:

fish burn 4
the same fish captured at an angle

This trial was with student grade watercolour paper, and I am not as convinced in this case:

fish burn 3
scan; for this paper I experimented with different settings, “lowest, medium, highest” refers to the temperature setting

Well, obviously there is other media to try, and there are other tips contained in the box which might give interesting marks as well. What I am a bit concerned about is that the tip seemed to change while I was working with it: like discolouring, but also the mark it made seemed different after a while, and when I turned the tip a bit in my finger it changed back to before. – I do hope that this unorthodox usage doesn’t hurt it. But I can’t think of why and how it could possibly be harmful it.

This year’s “we love your books” theme is dot/dash. Mhm…


4 replies on “Burning Tool / Soldering Iron”

  1. Interesting experiments. I can’t imagine any reason that a burning tool designed for wood could be damaged by using it on paper. Yes, it might be a suitable tool for doing a dot-dash book! ; ]
    Have you seen the burned paper works by Donna Ruff?

    1. No I hadn’t. Thanks for the reference, I just did a quick google image search and what I saw looks amazing. I will have to have a closer look.

  2. I can’t imagine a better gift than a new toy… um, tool … to play with! Such an interesting effect on the parchment paper.

    1. Hello Ellen,

      I am glad you like the marks. I tried it on a couple of different papers since then. Mhmh, indeed a joy to play with and the perfect gift 🙂

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