WoodBurning Tips:
The Cone Point Explored

The cone point is a decently versatile tip. It is one of a handful of woodburning tips that typically come in your kit when you buy a new solid-point woodburner.

Is it my favorite?

Well no.

But it's not my least favorite either.

Here I show all the typical pyrography techniques and how this little tip handles each one.

 

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Cone Point Features

As you can see from the picture, this tip sports a short cone at the end of the tip. It's like a squatty version of the tapered point.

And it's probably the closest any tip comes to the look and feel of a ball-point pen.

What I love about the cone Point

There are a couple things it does really well....

  • Dots

It can make small and large dots which is nice for stippling.

The bigger dots can get pretty deep and pointed though. If you like that deep texture, this is a great option. If you'd rather have a smooth bowl-like dot for your pointillism, I'd suggest you use the flow point instead.

  • Lines - curved or straight.

The cone point makes a nice thin line. It tends to catch on the wood, but if you hold it at the right angle you can get a nice smooth line.

I prefer the shading point for these tiny lines or the mini flow point for a more smooth line (but the mini flow point makes a slightly thicker line).


What's Okay About it

  • Lettering

I don’t love it for lettering. I find it catches the wood grain. But again, if you hold it right and are patient, you can get some decent cursive out of it.

It's okay for block lettering too, but not great.


What's Hard: Choose a Different Tip

  • Shading

Cone point really stinks at shading. I wouldn't bother.


Quick View:
Cone Point Uses

Best Uses

  • Lines - curved or straight
  • Dots
  • Circles

Okay Uses - Not the Easiest

  • Lettering

Hard Uses - choose a different tip

  • Shading

More Woodburning Tips

The cone point is a nice tip, but I don't really use it. Some of the other tips have the same "best uses" with more perks (like other good uses or they just work better).

I can help you find a better suited tip for whatever project you're working on.

Feast your lovely eyes on this article on the 10 of the most common woodburning tips and their uses over here.


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