10 Feb 2017

Wicked Map Pyrography Box

For my 29th Birthday, my friend Jen took me to see Wicked the musical. It was the 5th time we've both seen it and we're totally obsessed! I am Elphaba and she is Glinda :)

So when it was Jen's birthday, I knew her present needed to be something Wicked-inspired and I decided to recreate the Oz map from the stage curtain using pyrography...


Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

I started with a wooden box from The Works - I always use these as they are good quality wood for burning (not MDF) and only £4! 

For any of you that aren't as crazy about Wicked as Jen and I, this is the stage curtain based on the map inside Gregory Maguire's book 'Wicked' - the book that the musical is based on:



I started by tracing the map on to standard tracing paper and then re-tracing on the reverse...



I then secured the tracing paper to the box using masking tape to hold it in place whilst I scribbled all over it again to transfer the design...



This technique works well to transfer the majority of your design but you always need to go over some bits again in pencil before you can start burning....


Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

Once I'd removed any remaining pencil lines with an eraser, the last thing to do was to add a shaded border around the edges of the box using Distress Ink and a sponge. The colour of Distress Ink I used for this is called 'Frayed Burlap' (random!) and was the perfect shade of brown for this project.

Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

It's worth noting that this was the first big project I did with my old pyrography machine (more like a soldering iron) which didn't allow for fine lines or heat variation. You will notice on my newer projects, the detail is a lot finer :) Either way, I was really pleased with how it turned out...and Jen cried when she opened it on her birthday so it was worth it!

Wicked the Musical Pyrography Box

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