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In light of my recent post regarding Christmas woodworking projects; I've received my first request.
My brother would like an image burned into a simple panel, and then I was thinking of wrapping that in a nice framework.

Problem is, I've never done any pyrography before.
So...is it difficult to pick up on? Does it help any to have a bit of an artistic background? I will need to get 3 different shades out of the burning to get the image the way I want to. I can attach an image if anyone would like to see what I'm dealing with. The panel I am thinking of working on will be about 20" square or more.
 

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I've never found it particularly difficult, but I'm not doing high quality stuff, either. Just lettering, typically. The make different tips for burning shapes, contours etc and varying the tip helps get shading and the like a little more easily.

An artistic background will certainly help. I will say, that's a large piece to start off with but not insurmountable. I'd practice your shading on some scrap first until you get a feel for it.
 
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