Pyrography on Gourds – wood burning a rope on a gourd.
One of my favorite embellishments on a gourd is the use of pyrography, which is also known as wood-burning. In this post I talk about my recent pyrography on gourds, where I create a rope.
Since my last horse head pyrography project sold so quickly I just had to do another one. You see, I have an art show coming up at the end of April right here in my little town of Poteau OK . This town is full of horse lovers and I wanted to come up with something that would impress them. I want to “break into” this town and this will be my very first attempt.
I have to have something to interest them, now don’t I!! So my goal is to have a gourd with a horse head on it and one with a deer head. I am seriously thinking the deer head one needs to be painted in camouflage since that “look” is huge here especially during hunting season.
My First pyrographed Horse head
This was my first horse head gourd piece. I burned in the horse head and surrounded him (or her I guess) with a wood burned rope that was stained yellow. The gourd shell was carved away between the horse and the rope and pitted, which gives it a really cool organic look. The rim is made from horse hair and tied off with leather and beads.
This piece was listed on Etsy.com for less than 8 hours before a horse lover discovered it and bought it!! I always get so excited when someone discovers one of my gourds and wants it!!
The whole time I was making this one the thought ran through my head to wrap the rope all the way around the gourd, like a lasso.
So I started a new gourd with a wood burned horse head.
So where does the three hour rope burn I mentioned in the title come into play. Well I decided to make my idea of the lasso all the way around the gourd come true and it took forever!
I am sure it was more than three hours.
Creating and burning the rope
To begin this project I penciled a line all the way around the gourd with 3 small loops. I kept drawing and erasing (Mr Clean Magic erasers work great on getting pencil marks off) until I was really happy with the positioning and that it all made sense.
Once the line was drawn I started drawing in the individual coils of the rope. They are like little “s” one right after the other
Drawing the rope on the gourd. It is a series of “s’ all touching each other
Closeup of Pyrographed Rope
Rope is organic and that means it does not have to be perfect. So don’t strive to make each one a perfect replica. First, it will drive you batty and second, rope coils are not perfect in real life!
When you start drawing the loop though, remember that the inside of the rope coil will be smaller that the outside. Watch your perspective!
When I was penciling in my rope I started with rather large coils and then they got smaller because I lost the view. I had to decide what size I wanted and went back and readjusted the rope until it was exactly right for me.
Once I was happy I burned in the outside edge using a Razertip Large Skewer like this one listed on Amazon.
The shading I did with a Writing Tip like this one.
It works ok, as you can see if you like shading with squiggly lines but it takes a long time. I just ordered this pen (bent shader) from Amazon and I think it is sitting in my PO box right now. I should go get it!! I think it will change the way I shade.
It was this shading that took me over 3 hours. I wanted to add the individual twine lines to give it a more realist look.
I hope this helped you on your pyrography path!! Comments are always welcome. We learn from each other!