I’m glad I took this picture because all these gorgeous oxidation colours have disappeared after the iron heated up for the first time.
I finally splurged on something I’ve been coveting for a while: a customized wood-burning iron with the Fragmentalist logo, for branding the backs of my mosaics.
If you’re looking to get a custom wood-burning tool: I found these guys after reading a lot of recommendations on a lot of woodworking forums. They not only ship internationally – which is always an issue when shopping on the internet while Canadian – but also have great prices and shortest processing time. You have to call them to place an order, which turned out to be a good thing, because apparently I was trying to order a heavier-duty tool than I really needed. So they saved me some extra money and were, overall, really helpful. In short, I picked well.
This is my test board and, next to it, a sample burned on veneer that arrived with the tool. Clearly these guys have had a lot of practice.
And today – exactly two weeks after I ordered it – this thing arrived!
It’s an electric tool, and takes about 15 minutes to get to the right branding temperature. Then the human wielding it takes – oh, hours – to get the hang of how to apply it properly.
I exaggerate. I got a handful of good impressions after another 15 minutes of practicing on a scrap of plywood. But not so good that it made me want to immediately go to town on all my completed mosaics.
Here’s one that turned out well:
Also, this room smells heavenly right now.