April 11, 2019

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Custom Portraits

A friend of mine had this old family photo and asked me to reproduce it on wood for her Mother. I started on the background with my trusty Walnut Hollow versa tool. It made quick work of the solid dark background using the calligraphy tip on its side. The edge of the calligraphy tip is great for crisp clean edges and some shading as well.

For the hair and face I used to wire tip Tekchic pyrography machine, I’m still learning how to control the burn on this machine. It has a digital readout of the voltage and the control dial lets me determine an exact number which is fantastic. It allows me to turn down the heat and go as slow as I’d like to build up layers, or turn the voltage up a fraction and burn a shade darker.

Here is the final piece and the original photo for comparison.


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