Oh, what a fun project this is!
Not only do you get to whip out your wood burner or soldering iron, you also get to use your colorful nail polish. A double whammy on fun supplies!
I also get to show off my beautiful family!
I added links at the bottom and above to purchase the supplies on Amazon, but you can get both a frame and the nail polish at the Dollar Tree.
Choose what design you want to burn into the wood frame and start drawing it with pencil.
I chose something easy because I'm not that experienced at wood burning.
In fact, I grabbed a wooden medallion thingy to practice using the soldering iron on wood.
I ended up using a different tip.
Choose a wood-burning tip, turn on your device, and trace your lines.
I chose a rounded tip and turned my device as hot as it would go. That let me trace quicker while getting a deeper engraving.
Unless you are experienced at wood burning, youre going to have some spots that burned deeper. I also found that it was easier burning with the grain of the wood, than against. Going against the grain, it seemed my device would get stuck a little, so to speak.
Fill in the spaces between your design with nail polish.
I noticed that with one coat, the coloring came out uneven. You can see it in the lighter blue:
Add a second or even third coat of nail polish.
Here's the same area of blue with a second coat added:
Print out a photo and stick in it!
I left a few spaces unpainted, so you can see the unfinished wood.
And you may be wondering why I chose nail polish. I originally planned on using liquid watercolors, but on my test medallion, I saw that the watercolor bled through the grain in the wood and traveled beyond my burn lines:
And when I tested the nail polish, I loved how it gave an enameled look. You've got to try it. I can't wait to try nail polish on metal. I'm sure I'll make a tutorial for that soon. If it turns out, that is. Not all my projects are winners. Maybe I'll make a "don't try this" post with all my flops, someday.
Buy the supplies for this project on Amazon: