Wood Burning Pen:
are a number of different ways to clean the tips of your wood burning
- If you use sandpaper to clean the carbon off of your pyrography
tools on an ongoing basis, you can find that the abrasive nature
of the sandpaper wears away the pen tip faster than expected.
- If you prefer to crank up the temperature to burn off the carbon
build up you'll also find the life expenctancy of your tips is
reduced. The higher heat going through a relatively fine piece
of metal is more inclined to burn out the circuitry.
So what are you suppose to do?
Try using a jeweller's rouge (like a
lapidary polishing compound) as a better solution. You'll find it
is less abrasive, thus slower to use, but equally effective, and
does not file away your delicate tips.
The coarser green rouge is great for
daily cleaning and the finer red for a finished polish. Polishing
to a good shine will delay carbon build up during use.
Acidic woods like oak will have a greater tendency
to corrode the tips. Polishing helps to eliminate the pit marks
and makes the carbon less able to adhere to the wood burning pen
is not a good power conductor, so keeping your tips clean will give
more consistent results. A clean tip allows the heat to travel more
consistently to all parts of the tip.