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Steampunk Wood burned Box

I made this box for a friend while we watched Doctor Who recordings the other night. The designs are burned in, then I stained it.

Top, this one is much more intricate than my previous one.
Top, this one is much more intricate than my previous one.
I did the sides as well.
I did the sides as well.
Back, I like the simplicity of it actually.
Back, I like the simplicity of it actually.
I drew basic shapes in pencil but did most of the design with the burner.
I drew basic shapes in pencil but did most of the design with the burner.
I think this is my favorite side.
I think this is my favorite side.
The designs were mostly freehand.
The designs were mostly freehand.
I tried to keep the designs going around the curve and across the lid edges.
I tried to keep the designs going around the curve and across the lid edges.
The inside is stained but not burned. I signed the bottom, also burned.
The inside is stained but not burned. I signed the bottom, also burned.

Boxes, Boxes, Who’s got the Boxes?

I drew the design mostly in pencil, then used a soldering iron to burn the image. I will stain when I do the sides in another project.
I drew the design mostly in pencil, then used a soldering iron to burn the image. I will stain when I do the sides in another project.
To get an idea what it will look like stained, I uploaded into GIMP and colored.
To get an idea what it will look like stained, I uploaded into GIMP and colored.

Wood-burning and leather-burning are something I have always liked and wanted to do more of. Lacking an actual wood burning tool, I used a cheap soldering iron I had to burn the design into the box ( see right), top only. I wanted to see what it will look like stained, so I uploaded into GIMP. I like it. I will stain it as part of another day’s project, when I do the sides I think. The soldering iron’s single tip took a bit of getting used to and practice to get the strength, depth, thickness, and tone I wanted in each line.

I really like the combination of working by hand and computer for some things. I think I may do a version of the recent pieces in my art programs as well.

On a side note, I used my metallic paint to continue the painting I started the other day. It really is becoming a long term project.

Metallic paint going on, hat is now purple, cards are white. Most other things are temporarily covered awaiting the paint and redesign of them.
Metallic paint going on, hat is now purple, cards are white. Most other things are temporarily covered awaiting the paint and redesign of them.