“The Richeys” sign part I: Adventures in wood-burning.

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One of my first posts was my DIY Menu Board tutorial, which is now getting plenty of use on my kitchen wall.  But before I show you the “command center” it is a part of, there was one last piece I needed to tackle.  It’s nothing major–I really just needed something to fill a space so everything lined up right, so I thought I’d make a sign with our last name on it to hang above some other pieces.  But it’s been a fun project, so I thought I’d share!

Materials.

Materials.

Here’s what I used for part one, the wood burning:

(The frame pictured is just what I set my wood-burning tool on while it’s hot, since I do most of my crafting on the living room floor–very carefully!)

Traced text.

Traced text.

First, I typed up the text I wanted in the fonts I liked.  I measured the width of the wood and used the “ruler” feature on Word to size the font correctly.  Then, I would have printed it off, if our printer had been working; instead, I ended up resizing the text on-screen, holding a piece of paper up to the computer monitor, and lightly tracing the text with a pencil onto my paper.  Hey, I’m nothing if not resourceful!  But printing it would have been easier, so you should go with that….

Next, I cut out my text, used a ruler to find the exact middle of my piece of wood, and centered the papers as I wanted them.  Then I held them in place with one hand while I traced over the letters with a permanent marker, slowly, so the ink would bleed through onto the wood.

Burning time!

Burning time!

Then came the fun part!  I fitted my wood-burning tool with a fine tip and carefully traced the inked letters.

I’m not gonna lie, there’s something exhilarating about burning things.  And burning it into something pretty?  Awesome.

Part I: finished!

Part I: finished!

This was my first attempt at wood-burning, but I think it turned out well!  In fact, I was a little sad to paint over it today, but it just didn’t match….

Sign 05

Part II: Painting will be coming soon!

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