A few of you have been asking me to explain how I burn my figures so this post should answer some of those questions. While we won't be doing a lot of burning I think you can get the general idea of whats involved.
I use a Burnmaster system as I can use any type of pen with it. I used to have a Detail Master but found that replacing the tips got quite expensive over time. With the Burnmaster you can take advantage of the replaceable tips which are fairly cheap and you only need one handle. I wrap the end of the pen with a little extra heat protection as it gets hot if you use it a lot. The important thing is to make sure your tip is sharp to get the best result. Again, the Burnmaster tips seem to take a lot of sharpening before they wear out.
The last step prior to painting is to run your carving through the Sand-O-Flex brushed back sander. This is one of the most important pieces of equipment in my shop. I use it constantly for a variety of things. I actually have two sanders, one for the carving and one with a heavier grit paper for all the other times I need to sand something. If you have a few extra bucks I'd suggest seriously consider buying one of these. Mine are installed on a couple of old electric motors and permanently mounted on my work counter. Here is the website where you can find them along with all sorts of interesting sanding supplies: www.key-abrasive.presys.com. For the carving I use the 320 Grit Slashed Glue Insert Part No. 12060. For normal use the 180 Grit Slashed Glue Insert Part no. 12058 works fine. Make sure you specify the "Slashed" insert as this give you the contour sanding that you're after. I think the unit comes with an adaptor for your drill but if you want to mount it to a motor you'll have to buy an additional adaptor depending on the size of the motors shaft. Tell them Lynn Doughty sent you!!!
There are more photos in the Gallery and comments are welcome.