Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Scorching Update!!....

....for those of you interested.... I found the incense stick to work but be far too slow for me...I am hopelessly impatient. The old soldering iron I had for stained glass (something out of my past...don't ask) should have worked but didn't for some reason. I was sure a woodburning tool would do the trick but before I schlepped into town to look for one, I unearthed my son's temperature controlled soldering station he used for circuits boards. Since he is at camp this week, I could experiment without him knowing and losing his mind (anyway...I think I paid for this thing...)

The great thing about this device is that it goes to 480 degrees and has a fine point tip. Well it worked beautifully! No flaming, very good control of the degree of "scorch", no little embers burning just a little too much. Perfect tool. It was inexpensive...$25 I think. But for those who do not have such a tool lying around already, I think the woodburning tools are less....like maybe $10.

The only drawback is that it does take a bit of time to heat up so it is not as instantaneous as a flame. It's best to plan to do a bunch and then turn it off....I'm sure it draws a ton of electricity.

So I'm off to scorch!!! Yay!

Tabitha (aka Susan)


nikkinikkinikki72 said...

Hi Susan. Ran out of time to go shopping, tomorrow instead.
I've not had any problems with blogs for a few weeks. I have had various though since i've been blogging and its always something different.
Hope it sorts itself out for you.
Nikki x

Ara said...

I think I have one of those! Yay! I'll have to try it out!! Thanks for the tip -ara

nikkinikkinikki72 said...

Just realised i put the wrong comment in this.
Thanks for the info. I'll have to put a wood burning tool to my list of essentials.
Nikki x

Debie Lyons said...

Thank you for the info Susan. My hubby has all sorts of goodies like that lying around (well not lying around I sort of borrow LOL)
Debie xxx

MiniKat said...

Very cool! Can't wait to see pictures of the finished minis. :-)