I recently bought a Dremel Versatip because I needed a hot knife for an entirely separate vinyl project, which actually didn't work out too well. However, I had some old wood left over from a wooden sign project, so I started to experiment with burning some patterns into one. Instant love.
So, lots of research later and I discovered that pyrography was an actual an art form -- I know, it sounds ridiculous that I'd never really come across it before. This is my new obsession. How long it will last I don't know, but I'm currently developing a pyrography product range for my craft business, starting with wooden spoons.... who doesn't love a good old wooden spoon!?
For anyone thinking of purchasing the Dremel Versatip for pyropgraphy purposes, here are some pro's and cons:
- Cordless. Yes, entirely without cord. This alone is a massive bonus that almost (almost) outweighs the cons.
- Easy to refill. It works on refillable butune gas, like you'd fill a lighter up with.
- Easy to use. It's quite easy to maneuver and glides across most types of wood.
- Tips are excellent quality.
- It does not come with standard pyrography tips, which thinking about it is actually a surprise, as part of Dremel's marketing shows it being used for this very purpose. The solder tip draws like a pencil though, and you can get some nice markings with some of the others also.
- Replacement tips are expensive - almost four times the price of other pyrography tools. I haven't yet bought any, but you can actually get an entirely new tool with many tips for the same price -- are other tools as good as the Dremel? I don't know.
- Sometimes it doesn't quite stay hot enough. I find leaving it for 10 minutes to cool and then returning to it does help to get a 'deeper' burn.