Sue Walters Pyrography



    G'day again:)


    Welcome to the 14th edition of the Pyro News.

    In this edition of the Pyro News I have put together a full, simple but effective pyrographic project. As promised for this newsletter I am primarily focusing on the use of the computer to acquire, manipulate, print and transfer a pattern for use in a pyrographic project. Let's face it, all of us have access to a computer or you wouldn't be reading this, but many of us are a little mystified about how to use these beasts to help in our art work. I'll not only lead you step by step through their use in pattern making but I'll also provide you with the free software to do it:) To cap it off I'll show you how to burn and texture the subject using BALL NIBS. Ball nibs are the bees knees of writing tips and are being talked about more and more in burning circles. We'll have a good look at these versatile nibs while we're at it. (No, you don't have to have ball nibs to complete this project...I'll give you some alternative ways to produce a similar effect with the tips you have in your kit.) I'll also give you a glimpse into the creative process as I change and manipulate the project as I go along. Hopefully it will encourage you to play with you look outside the square and explore the vast possibilities that are available to you. Yes, even you, the novice burner:)

    There's a lot to absorb in this issue so I'll stop pecking at this keyboard and let you get at it. I hope you enjoy the project and that it inspires you in future burning.


   P.S. I'll be overseas from late August to early October. Business will opperate as usual and I can still be contacted by email. I'll be doing the Woodstock Woodshow on October 3,4 and 5 at Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. I'll have a stand there and will be doing some seminars. If you happen to be in the area, please drop by and say hi:)

   P.P.S. UPDATE: my online Pyro Store now has SSL encryption for your complete protection. You can now use MasterCard or VISA as an option to easily and safely purchase products directly from the well as PayPal and the other usual means.

Keep an eye out on my web site HOME PAGE for future announcements.


They can sign up by clicking the link below.
Please note that some spam security settings can prevent the Pyro Newsletter from getting through. Please be sure to add and to your 'friends' list.


(All Email addresses remain completely private and will never be passed on to other parties. The newsletter is totally free of cost and obligation.)



Number One
Number Two
Number Three
Number Four
Number Five
Number Six
Number Seven
Number Eight
Number Nine
Number Ten
Number Eleven
Number Twelve
Number Thirteen

In This Edition:

Razertip Woodburning Systems...available here & world wide.
Computer Use & Patterns
Dapto Pyrography Group
Having a Ball. (C'mon, it had to be said)
3 Pyrographic Events



My secured online Pyrography Store now stocks the Razertip Woodburning System. (This is the North American burner I have happily used for all these years.)

We have burners in stock and ready for immediate delivery to suit the power supplies of U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Razertip also make burners to suit many other countries and these can be bought from us on order. For speed of delivery, North American orders are shipped from Canada. Australian and Kiwi orders are shipped from here in Australia.

I can advise you on equipment selection to better suit your burning needs and to save you from buying unnecessary pens. We have a wonderful selection of packages at generously discounted prices. They are a great idea for the beginner, the person wishing to upgrade or for the gift giver. We will also happily custom package for you according to you needs...and yes, the same generous discount will be applied. Just ask me for a free quote.

Talking pretty frankly here: Sue Walters Pyrography is not a big wood craft supply store...I cannot attempt to compete with the turnover of companies that stock a bit of pyrography equipment as well as thousands of other products. I do one thing, and I like to think I do it well. The burning products I stock are the products I use, believe in and know well. Not only will you get the benefit of my experience, you will also get a price that is well below what most people are asking. (Australians in particular will be thrilled with the price drop!) I hope for these reason you will consider us when making your pyrographic purchase.

Feel free to visit the Razertip's jammed with all sorts of burning information and an extensive FAQ section. Also, don't forget to check out the nib burning profiles. Tip selection can be daunting, to say the least. For ease of selection I have developed a burning profile for each tip we offer for sale. I also provide a picture and personal assessment of each tip.

Code: T99.020
Ball Stylus - 2mm

Steel ball on tip end. All purpose writing nib. The T99.020 is excellent for smaller and general purpose work. Straight lines, curves, tight curves and circles, writing and colouring in. Very useful for burning stipples.

(Larger than actual size.)

Burning Profile
(Actual size.)
A complete description, tip picture and burning profile

Dual Pen Unit
Pens & Tips
Cord & Accessories


Computers can be invaluable when used to manipulate patterns for use in pyrography and other crafts. The only problem is, everyone seems to know how to do this...all except you:)

Let's take a little step by step tutorial in the use of imaging software to acquire, manipulate and transfer a pattern for use in a pyrography project.

Step 1: To manipulate a pattern from a book for use in a computer, you will need to scan the picture on a scanner bed, import it to your computer and save the image as a digital file.

Insert shameless self promotion: The image we are using today is from my own pattern book, Wildlife Designs, by Sue Walters. End shameless self promotion:)

Step 2: Place the book in the scanner bed, open your imaging software and choose 'Acquire/Batch Scanning' from the 'File Menu'. In the window that opens, choose, 'Single Image' and click okay. Your scanner software should open and you can then scan the picture as you normally would. If you want a very sharp pattern image you should scan at 200-300dpi. Scanning at 75dpi will result in a picture than looks good on a computer screen but won't print sharply. If you scan a small pattern and wish to enlarge it, you should scan at a higher resolution IE: 300dpi so that the image will appear sharp once enlarged.
Step 3: If the program can't find your 'TWAIN Device' or 'driver' you may have to ask the program to look for the one you have connected to your computer. To do this choose 'Select Twain Source' from the 'File' menu. (TWAIN basically means your scanner equipment.) In the list that opens, select the scanner you have connected and want to use. (If you can't see it, make sure it's plugged in and switched on.) Once this is done, try acquiring the image again.

Of course, you can also acquire a digital pattern from a CD disc or other means. These images are already in digital format. To import such an image into Irfanview, choose 'Open' from the 'File' menu. A browser window then opens where you can search for and choose the image that you want. That image can then be manipulated just like a scanned one.

Step 4: After your pattern has been scanned, the image will open up in the Irfanview program, as seen above. Step 5:If your image doesn't appear the right way up, you can rotate it if you wish. To do this choose 'Rotate Right', (or left) from the 'Image' menu. You will also notice that you can choose 'Custom Rotate' and 'Flip' options for your images.

Step 6: Now it's time to resize the image to suit your project. I measured my project with a ruler and I determined that I wanted the pattern to be 6.5 inches wide. Step 7: To resize your image choose 'Resize/Resample' from the 'Image' menu.

Step 8: Clicking 'Resize/Resample' will open the resize window. For the purpose of my project I know I want my pattern 6.5 inches wide, so I check the radio button, 'Inches' and will type in, '6.5' in the 'Width' box. If 'Preserve Aspect Ratio' is selected the height of the image will be automatically re-sized in relation to width chosen, and visa versa. The height of your pattern may be more relevant to your project so you may wish to type your measurements in the 'Height' box first. Step 9: Often after re-sizing the image might appear a little blurry. You can sharpen up the image by choosing 'Sharpen' from the 'Image' menu.

Step 10: Don't worry if you make a mistake along the way, most programs have a handy 'Undo' feature that lets you undo the previous step. To 'Undo' something in IrfanView, choose 'Undo' from the 'Edit' menu. Step 11: It's now time to print out our pattern, but before you do that, let's save the image. This not only saves the work you have just done, but the resulting digital file can then be used in future projects. To save your image, choose 'Save As' from the 'File' menu. From the resulting window, select the location you wish to store the file, the name you wish to call the file and the type of file you want to save it as. JPG, (Jpeg), is the most common format and will do nicely for this pattern.

To print the image, choose 'Print' from the 'File' menu.

Step 12: Choosing 'Print' will open the 'Print Preview' window. There are various options here but, to prevent your pattern size from being distorted, be sure to choose 'Original Size' from the 'Print Size' option. Once you have selected any other print options you wish, choose 'Print' to print a hard copy of your pattern. Step 13: From the resulting print out: 1)Trim away the excess paper 2)Place your pattern in place 3)Tape it down to prevent movement 4)Place graphite paper between the pattern and the object 5)Trace the pattern with a contrasting coloured pen or pencil.

This Project Continues on Page 2 of the Pyro News #14. Please Click here to go to Page 2.



I got an email from Kate telling me about pyrography classes in the Dapto area of N.S.W. It sounds like excellent value for pyros in the area. If anyone is interested, the details are below. Kate can also be contacted on mobile phone for details. 0415 130 912

If you have contact with anyone in our area please note there are Pyrography Classes at the Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. Dapto is about an hour an a half from the centre of Sydney. They are held on Fridays from 9am to 12pm. These classes are good and the people are friendly. The classes are quite reasonably priced as well $7 a lesson to the teacher and $10 a term to the Neighbourhood Centre.

We (the students) are lobbying for the classes to start on again Mondays as well. (I gather from further correspondence with Kate that Monday night is not set in cement yet, but if you phone Kate I'm sure she'll give you the latest news.) It is quite close to Dapto train station. If any one wanted to come from Sydney I could walk across and show them the way. The phone number for Dapto Neighbourhood Centre is 42 621918.


Click Here to go to Page 2 of Pyro News #14


Any comments about the newsletter? PLEASE EMAIL ME HERE


Problems or want to contact the site manager?Click here.
Copyright Sue Walters