Materials for pyrography

What materials you can use for burning? Burn on the CNC on any wood surfaces and leather.

The main condition for burning on a wooden surface, that it was not treated before varnish, paint or consisted of glued wood. Otherwise when burning will give off toxic smoke harmful to human health.


Selection of wood

Suitable to burn different wood, but one for the pyrography better than others.

The first tree to burn is better to take light, then it burnt the image will look better due to the maximum contrast between the picture and the tree. You can use dark wood, but keep in mind that he burnt the portrait can be lost, especially after varnishing.

plywood Different types of plywood[/caption]

The second rule is to choose the wood texture less, then You will be able to create a clean canvas for the application of the portrait of a CNC burner. Work with a pronounced texture on the tree is harder, but if the texture will fit into the design pattern, the result is very expressive.

texture wood burning Do not use wood with bright texture[/caption]

For burning can be successfully used plywood and veneer. Plywood for making furniture can be a wonderful backdrop for almost any portrait.


A tree that has bark on the edges, looks very original! The bark creates a striking natural frame for the picture. For these paintings the most popular is saw cut basswood and Board for applied art and woodcarving.

pyrography material -woo cut Pyrography on wood cut[/caption]

For burning signs and functional items (box, key, etc.) a great option is a solid wood Board.


For the pyrography you can also buy items from arts and crafts shops. Many of these stores have large selection of products that are suitable for pyrography. Items that come in the form of unprocessed boxes, kitchen utensils, decorative boxes, etc.


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The types of wood recommended for burning:

  • Birch has an even texture and cream color

pyrography on birch pyrography on birch[/caption]

  • Basswood is the best wood to burn, soft light, has ravnodenstvye texture

basswood wood burning basswood for pyrography[/caption]

  • Aspen – light and soft wood

aspen as material aspen as material for wood burning[/caption]

Cherry – has a dense texture and pink hue

cherry wood wood for burning[/caption]

Pine – soft. It is not an easy material to burn, burn only in the course of the fibers has an average grain size. Easy to buy

pine wood wood burning on the pine[/caption]

Poplar – a light yellow hue and smooth texture, but has an average grain size

Poplar wood wood burning poplar as wood for pyrography[/caption]

Buk – cream colour, the main feature silky to the touch

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Pyrography on Leather

To burn the skin easier than wood. Its main drawback is the strong smell, and long preparation.

leather leather as material for pyrography[/caption]

The main nichrome thread should be made less hot than for wood. Nichrome filament CNC gently sinks into the skin and gives a smooth high speed, which is not possible when burning wood.

Leather is also multipurpose, it can be as decoration to put in a frame, or for use in the home (dog collar, belt, bag). But when the burning pattern on the skin, you need to understand that the skin has such a property as to fade in the sun or bright light

leater pyro things made from leather with pyrography[/caption]

Unfortunately another drawback of the skin – it is more expensive than wood and harder to buy. The skin should only buy tanned with vegetable substances, and not as chromium or treated with wax or oil.


Methods of skin treatment

There are many classifications of the skin depending on the animal’s species, age, method of processing leather, its finishes and layers. Describe the main types of skin:

  • method of tanning:
    fat, vegetable, chrome, Zirconia, formaldehyde, tannine and their possible combinations. The skins of vegetable processing is very expensive and thick, they are not suitable for burning. Best skins chrome tanned or combination.
  • The methods for processing the front side:
    smooth , brushed, embossed (used for concealment of defects of the skin), split (if sawing thick skin, in place of the front side is applied to simulate artificial real), krast, patent leather (painting skins in other colors). It is better to take the smooth skin, or crust, can be more polished.
  • Leather types:
    pig, sheep, goat and cattle. Here you need to choose the skin depending on your goals. Bovine leather is the straps, Calf very tender and elastic, so the most versatile. Sheepskin too soft, so is not suitable for burning, this skin will wrinkle in the folds when burning. And pigskin is porous and not beautiful.



For the pyrography, you can use the bark of trees, this is good like birch bark. It requires a delicate heating and straightening before the burning process.

Picture on ko Picture on bark[/caption]


Highly detailed image on the transfer tube will not work because of the softness and unevenness of the material. On this material a well to draw silhouettes and simple patterns. Before buying a tube, you need to consult that You take this pure natural cork without processing oils or any chemicals. The finished painting is then better to handle a varnish for the fact that she had not been exposed to the environment.



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