This post is a how to on turning popsicle sticks into bracelets using wood burning techniques.
Project No. 5. This project get’s an eh-ok rating. It was a fun afternoon, but I’m someone who likes rapid results so waiting for popsicles to soak and then dry was apparently too much for me. I kind of got bored half way through.
I got a soldering set for Christmas, or my birthday (I can’t remember?) and have been dying for a project to use it for. It’s this set for reference. I really want to make some cool jewelry but there’s really no good set up at our apartment for hot metal work, so I’m holding out for our future house set up (fingers crossed we can get in soon!). In the mean time I thought this would be a good way to get comfortable with the tools.
My guess was right, I learned a lot, how to hold the iron, how fast it heats up, what the difference is heat does to wood, how smooth it draws, or doesn’t. I did enjoy the wood burning part, thought it’s nothing like drawing. First off you can’t hold it like a pencil, and you have to move slowly and evenly and not push too hard. Typing that makes me realize that this might be a good exercise in control for me, because clearly I have a problem with it. I don’t think I have the patience to really get into wood burning, but it’s nice to know that I can do it.
Here is what I did:
- Draw designs on popsicle sticks
- Wood burn over the drawings
- Soak the sticks in water for about 2 days (they didn’t seem pliable enough after 24 hours)
- Carefully hand bend the sticks and place them in a cup to dry
- After the sticks are fully dry remove them from the cups
As far as soaking the wood and bending it; I learned a lot there too. I attempted to do the burning on the flat popsicle stick and then bend it, only to find out that many of the places I had burnt become breaking points for the wood. Next time I would bend them ahead of time and burn after, though it might make the burning part more difficult.
I also realized that my tiny wrists are not suited for this project because the bracelets just slip right off my wrist. I thought of doing this to them to help them stay, but honestly I’m just not that into the bracelets to keep working with them. A few of the sticks that would not bend at all I could potentially use as book marks, since I always seem to lose those.
So even if this project isn’t something I would do again that doesn’t mean that you won’t absolutely love it or come up with a better way than I did. I also learned a thing or two so it was well worth the time.