I get asked all the time which woodburning tips you should use for which project.
Really, you can use a lot of different tips for the same project. Well lovely, it all comes down to this...
...which do YOU like better?
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So I'm going to show you the top 10 most common tips and their uses so YOU can make the best choice for your project.
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I used all the woodburning tips on a basswood board.
The goal wasn't to make it pretty.
The goal was to see which techniques were the easiest, what took some work, and what was a downright pain.
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This one was named the "universal point" because it can pretty much do everything all the other woodburning tips can do.
Buuuut I don't recommend using it for everything.
In this little article, I deep dive into what I love - and don't love - about the universal tip and it's cute little sister, the mini universal point.
In many ways, these woodburning tips are similar to universal tips. Explore the calligraphy tip more in this little article right here.
This one feels like working with a bullet-tipped permanent marker - and it's pretty versatile. Read up on this smooooth tip here.
This is more like using one of those fine tip permanent markers.
See this quick little article on what I love about the mini flow tip.
Not many middle ground techniques for this tip. It's either good or awful.
The cone point is a decent little tip. Not my favorite, but it's not a total looser either.
Read more about the cone tip here.
This little leaf shaped tip is probably one of the most versatile of all the solid-point woodburning tips.
Check out this article digging deeper into the shading tip and it's best uses.
I think this one handled all the techniques fairly well.
This is probably my least favorite tip, but it might not be yours. Get the low down on the tapered point in this quick little article.
The best uses for this "point" actually have nothing to do with actual "burning" - although I consider this point extremely valuable.
Read this little gem to find out the awesomeness that is the transfer point.
This comes highly recommended for cutting thin plastics, foam, that kind of thing.
If you use it for wood burning, it doesn’t really leave a dark mark.
I discovered it was better to use it cold and scrape designs and texture into a space you've already burned.
These are mostly for decorative designs. I’ve seen some interesting pieces made with a few creative pyrographers who used it to make art.
But for the most part, these woodburning tips are fun for filling in designs or creating borders around pieces.
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