Plastic Stencil – DIY & Pyrography

I recently finished up some bar stool pyrography:

It was very easy! I used the Creative Woodburning Value Tool from Walnut Hollow. You screw in the tip you want to use, (I used the cone and shader), wait about 5 minutes, and go! Like anything, the temperature will fluctuate, but I found out the hard way that it’s more of an art than a science. The design will come from time, pressure, and apparently, finesse, but I don’t think I did too bad of a job!

But first, my design needed to be sketched on with a stencil, and I found a few easy ways to do it:

  • Draw your design, or print it out. Outline in black permanent, or dark marker if you drew it.
  • Grab some stencil plastic, cheap translucent binders from the office supply store… any sheet of thick plastic.
  • Trace with permanent marker!
  • Grab a craft/utility knife, and start cutting over either glass (with taped edges so you do not cut yourself, trust me!)  or a cutting mat.



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