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  1. Don Racine
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    What kind of paper do you recommend ….

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      Hi Don,

      For this project I used cardstock from the office supply store. Nothing fancy, just Staples generic cardstock.

  2. Penelope V. Rembold
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    Hi, Sharon,
    I just watched your butterfly video !! It is lovely. Your voice is very easy to listen to also and your directions are very easy to understand ..I am looking forward to your more detailed woodburning videos . I really liked the one I saw on line where you did little tiny hairs on a wolf face !! With low heat. I have done woodburning for a long time, but mostly just outlined , then painted.
    Recently , I got interested in burning on dried gourds, and have done about 14 of them . Mostly outlined the design, then painted,and stained to finish . I can see I have been using too high of heat and have burned too deep. I am sure I can learn a lot by watching you. Thank you so much !!

  3. Sandra Molko
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    This was a wonderful lesson! I never tried burning on paper and loved your trick of burning off the rough edges. Do you have the pattern for the butterfly somewhere on your site?
    Thanks so much for taking the time to teach woodburning and doing it for free :o). We can always learn more!

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      Hi Sandra,

      I am completing a pattern book on stylized butterflies and fanciful insects. This is due out in early March. Be sure you are on my mailing list so you get notification when it comes available. I give my subscribers special discounts. 🙂

  4. Steph
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    Hi Sharon, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Your butterfly is amazing, I love it. I have only recently started woodburning but I’m addicted 🙂 and I know I will improve and learn the more I watch you. Once again, thanks for sharing X All the best for 2017 to your family from mine

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      You are welcome!

  5. Jim Sansburyo
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    Hey there Sharon, as my kids would say you are the bomb! I’m using this space to ask you a question about the burning tips. I have a Colwood Cub burner with approximately seven or eight tips. I’m trying to get the equivalent tips that you recommended in your videos. The skew and the shader are the ones that I need the equivalent in the Colwood line. Would you be able to suggest the Tips. I’m a new member and have watch the videos several times.i’m going to try out the chickadee that you included with your email. Thanks for your info

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      Hi Jim,

      I use colwood tools. You can find my tool list here http://www.burningwithsharon.com/tools In some of the older videos I use tips from Nibs and Optima but now only use colwood. If you have further tool related questions you can call the Woodcraft Shop and ask them, most of their staff have been trained by me so they will be able to help you out.

  6. Jim Sansbury
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    Sorry name is Sansbury

  7. John
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    What type of paper are you using?

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      I’m using cardstock from the office supply store.

  8. Cathy
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    Hi Sharon: Really enjoy watching your videos. Very comprehensive and easy to follow
    Have you worked with veneer? I’m intending to make bracelets from them with dog themes. Any tips would be appreciated
    Thanks again

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      Hi Cathy,

      Yes, I have worked with veneer. Just research the wood you are burning on – works nice! Have fun with your bracelets.

  9. Jenny Stringer
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    Sharon, thank you so very much for your fantastic videos! I’m brand new to wood burning and am learning so much from you!!
    I just love the butterfly. I know you said you used cardstock but will watercolor paper work as well?
    Thank you ????

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      Watercolor paper works great! Be sure to try the different surfaces. I really like the rougher texture of cold press. My favorite brand is Arches but there are many others out there. Watch out for sizing as this can gunk up your pen tips. Have fun experimenting!

  10. Donna Holt
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    I have what may be a silly question but I am going to ask anyway. Why use woodburning tools on paper? Why not just draw it on? I know that pyrography is what you do but I am just curious as to why on paper. Sorry if this question sounds rude, that is totally NOT my intention!! I am genuinely curious!

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      The different surface gives a different look. Just like the difference between painting in oils on canvas versus masonite versus wood. A pencil does not give the same effect as pyrography. The closest you can come is silverpoint. Pencil is a completely different medium. This is like saying why use a pen when you can use a pencil. It all looks different when done it is up to the artist to decide the best vehicle to communicate their visual message. That being said, I prefer wood – I show paper because a lot of people ask for it.

  11. Michael
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    I have done wood burning in high school, just now looking to get back into burning. One question: do you free hand or is it transfer the patterns used? the why is I’m going free hand to doing my burning. It’s drawing a good part first on the wood, it’s portrait burning.
    Thanks for the pyrography dealer website

    • Sharon Bechtold
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      You can work from a pattern or freehand. Depends on your confidence level.

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