Clayton Brown of Chillicothe, Missouri shares some of his artistic techniques for custom one-of-a-kind wood and mixed-medium creations.
I've seen several videos of fractal or Lichtenburg figure wood burning. Its amazing to watch and produces a fractal design that is truly one-of-a-kind. I hadn't really looked into it until I got a message on Facebook from Clayton who asked me to check out his video. This video kept me engaged with a killer soundtrack and straightforward sequence. Even more impressive than his Lichtenburg figures were some of the other techniques I found in his video and on his page for his business called CoMa Concepts. I encourage you to check it out!
One thing to keep in mind about doing Lichtenburg figures is that it is incredibly DANGEROUS. To get the electricity to travel across the saltwater or baking soda solution on the wood requires a very HIGH VOLTAGE. A transformer is used to step up the voltage from our standard 120V to something like 10,000V. Anything over 120V can kill you… and even 120V can kill you if it travels from hand to hand and through your heart.
Things are more fun if there's an element of danger. But enough about that… Watch this!
Or here it is step by step!
- He cuts his sign board (which appears to be an oak 1″x) and prints and cuts out the graphic.
2. Then he glues the paper graphic to the signboard and lets it dry.
3. Using a plunge cutter router bit, he traces the graphic and cuts the letters out to depth.
4. Then lightly sand off the paper with a 1/4 sheet sander and fine grit sandpaper.
5. The sign then goes into the “finishing booth” for a coat of black spray paint over the letters.
6. After the paint booth its back to the sander to remove excess paint.
7. Now for the dangerous and fun part… Lichtenburg figures! He applies the baking soda or saltwater solution with a sponge wherever he wants the electricity to travel and connects the leads to opposite corners of the sign.
8. Using a drill press and hole saw he cuts out the corners where the leads were attached for additional style.
9. Then a nice routered edge all the way around and some additional finishing with the torch.
10. After wiping down the piece, its back into the “booth” for finishing with a spray poly or lacquer.
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