Clean Your Pyrography Tool Tips Without Destroying them
There's not a lot of information about how to clean your pyrography tool.
Most of us just do the best we can... and wind up wearing our tools out sooner than they should.
OR we don't clean them at all!
But dirty tools get frustrating pretty quickly.
Check out this dandy video on how to clean your pyrography tool
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Solid-point burners, tips and points are more sturdy than wire-nibs, and sometimes that means they can take harsher abuse.
But a hot tip is still soft and malleable.
In other words, you still have to be careful.
Leather Strop + Aluminum Oxide
Recommended for: + All Tip Styles
A leather strop has one side with a rougher leather (the inside of the skin) and the other side has a smooth leather strip (the outside of the skin).
Aluminum oxide is the grit that scrubs the carbon off.
I recommend the powdered aluminum oxide (the bottle in the picture above) over the wax polishing compound (the green block in the picture). The wax leaves a little gummy residue that smells when you first get your tip hot. But the powder doesn't.
How To Use It:
Put a little powder (or rub the wax) on the rough side of your leather strop. Then rub the cool tip on the strop until it comes clean. Turn the leather strop over to the smooth side and rub again to get a *sparkly* finish on those tips.