A woodburning trend that screams DANGER: electrical woodburning
Just for the pleasure of our readers, we will talk about an extremely dangerous trend that has been gaining attention on social media for a while now. The trend, however, wouldn’t be so popular if it wouldn’t result in beautiful, detailed images of trees burnt into the wood. With a direct warning to not try this at home, we will discuss a controversial technique of creating images in wood using the electricity. To be exact, this technique contains out of, basically, electrocuting a piece of wood.
How do they prepare?
Those who practice this highly risky technique, use a Fan, a Small Water Container, some Brushes, a Microwave Transformer, few Extension Cords that are optional, some Jumper Cables a Bucket or a Stand, an Electricity Supply, a piece of Wood, some Water, some Baking Soda or Salt. Baking soda is mixed with water, and the mixture is applied onto the wooden surface using a brush. The mixture serves as a conductor, to help the electricity penetrate the wood and prevent it from catching fire. A microwave transformer and extension cords are adjusted to generate electricity when plugged into the power source. Jumper cables are connected to the sides of the wood piece, and the process starts once the electricity is released.
Safety warnings: this technique screams: “DANGER”
While the process of electrocuting lasts, you mustn’t under any circumstance, touch the surface of the wood. You need to know that this will kill you immediately. Safety precautions are also needed while you are removing a microwave transformer from the microwave, as well as during the entire set-up and performing of this technique.
The process of Electrocution begins: stay away
Once the strong electricity is conducted through the wooden piece, you will see the lightning burning through it. The sight of it is haunting, as you watch detailed and lively images of trees appearing almost out of nowhere. The process is finished and the electricity unplugged, either when the satisfactory result is achieved, or when wood starts to catch fire. After all the safety precautions have been taken to unplug and remove the board safely, the piece needs to be thoroughly washed. Washing it will reveal gorgeous images that are extremely hard to achieve with regular woodburning.
The result is beautiful, but is it worth it?
The result that comes out of electrical woodburning is beautiful, to say the least. It is very hard to even imagine the level of skill and the amount of work it would take to achieve this effect using only your hands and a woodburning pencil. Needless to say, the result of this is of high value, beauty, and quality. But, is it worth the safety risk? The amount of risk the person is taking and the number of situations where you can easily die due to the smallest touch is just too great. The conclusion is, to leave it to the pros and simply enjoy by watching from afar.