Saturday, 24 March 2012

A New Style

I will only be posting here when / if I have something to say :D I'm finding it more and more difficult to keep rambling on about nothing :D

So, since last post, what's new?

All the charity bits and bobs have finally been completed and are now with the lady to take them with her to the stall when it's on :D

I've been trying to hone my shading skills but alas, no luck.

Getting more and more frustrated at not being able to do portraits, I've been thinking about a new idea. I've been working on more pop-art ish style black and white images, and here's a couple I've done :D

First up is one of Jimi Hendrix

And next is one of Nikki Sixx in the same style, just used different shading techniques

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Counting down the days

Well, finally finished the charity keyrings today and took them up to the lady who is taking them with her to the stall at Easter.

Thankfully everyone seemed more than happy with the finished items. Now only 5 more bookmarks left to do and that will be everything done.

Hope all the lovely followers are well and are all like busy bees crafting away :D

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Almost finished


sorry it's been so long everyone.

How all is well in your own little crafty worlds.

So, what new with myself? Almost finished the charity keyrings and bookmarks. I had a lack of motivation while doing them. I found doing the same design numerous times got a little mundane, but will be over soon.

I've also been contacted by a customer about doing a largish pyrograph copy of one of his tattoo designs, so that will be interesting and fun.

Pictures will be up as and when.

Friday, 24 February 2012

I need YOUR votes.

Ok everyone, I need YOUR help. I'm begging for votes. If I get my 500 needed votes, I will get £500 to help progress Pyrophernalia and the products and designs. All I need you to do is sign up using the following like and vote for me. This costs you nothing, but every vote I receive gets me £1, providing I reach the 500 needed votes. So, I ask again, please please please, take 5 mins to sign up and vote.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

All actions go

Ok, so maybe not all of them, but some are on the go.

I've been racking my brains about what to make for this fund raiser charity table thingy.

I think keeping it simple is the way to go, so have been cutting out keyrings and am working on some bookmarks.

Both will have the KWK9 logo on them and the bookmarks will have the website address as well.

I did think about other designs to burn onto them but I think it's nice to have something to remind you of what / how you got the item ( in this case, donating the money to the charity )

Pictures will be up once I've done a few.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Fundraising and donating

I was recently asked if I would be willing to donate a few items for a local charity, for a stall they are having in a local village hall at Easter.

I found this quite exciting as it will be the first time anyone will have the chance to purchase anything made by me ( apart from the belt on folksy, but that's nothing major )

The charity is KWK9 Rescue who, if you didn't guess, rescue dogs and give them a better lease of life.

Looks like I will have to get my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with for the stall.

If you would like more information about KWK9 Rescue, please visit their website:- KWK9 Rescue

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New arrivals

Today I had a knock at the door from the postie, unfortunately, I think he must have had ants in his pants as it was a very quick knock, so I went to the door to notice no-one there. What was there was one of their lovely little red notes saying "We knocked but ran away after so your parcel is still at the post office )

Well, I went to the post office wondering what it was as I couldn't remember ordering anything very recently. Then I remembered, I had ordered some new leather along with some decent thread. I also found a little pack of snap fasteners in there which I had actually cancelled as the setting tool was out of stock, but they weren't on the invoice, so I'm not complaining.

Now I just have to decide what to do with it all.

Monday, 13 February 2012


Again sorry for the delay and lack of posting here.

I find it really hard to sit and talk about everything and nothing every day.

So, what's new?

Erm, website is slowly ( and I mean slowly ) coming together. Ordered more leather last week, along with ( hopefully ) the correct thread so can get a few bits and bobs done and see how they turn out.
Other than that, there's not a lot new :D

Friday, 3 February 2012

It's Been a while

Firstly, I apologise for not posting more frequently, I've just been having to sort out a few bits and bobs.

So, what's new in the world of Pyrophernalia?

Sadly not much. Just mainly been dabbling with a few new ideas. Have finally got some web space, so should be starting to slowly set up the website over the weekend.

I seem to be getting more and more into the leatherworking side of things, but that doesn't mean I won't still be doing pyrography on wood.

I've ordered a few more things for the leather side, a few tools, threads and other general bits and bobs, so hopefully they should be with me next week.

Latest make has been a hat I've been playing with. It's taken about 24 hours in total over about 2-3 weeks, but it's finished at last ( I may get a couple of quill feathers to put in the side for a little extra added something.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

It's all in the wrist

Well, that's what the say, but in this case it's more all on the wrist.

I've been looking into making some sort of wrist cuffs / bracelets, but I'd like to have the adjustable to try and cater for the majority of customers.

I have very thin wrists, so I tried making a simple leather band with some thonging holding it together with a chinese slip knot ( well, that's what I think it was called ), but once pulled tight to fit my wrist, I just ended up with to much excess thonging dangling around and basically just getting in the way.

I do have a couple of other ideas in mind, so hopefully one of those will work better.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Behind Time

Well, it seems I've been slacking a bit lately, both with keeping up to date on here, but also in the pyrography side of things.

I haven't done anything since the belt but shall try and get a couple of things made over the week and post them up.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Lovely Geometrics

Decided to do a belt today ( something different for a change ) and designed a very geometrical design for it.

All in all, it's taken about 10 hours work, from designing, pyropgraphy, and finishing.

Solid brass buckle & rivets, but I've forgotten the length ( woops, tape measure time later )

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Left For Rust

Decided to try a car design today. Could have added much more in the back and foregrounds, but decided it would look better with less.

Roughly A4 in size ( Once I get round to trimming it down )

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Steaming with the Loco

Well, with the arrival of my new leather, I just had to do something with some of it.

I just couldn't decide what. I was looking all over the place for a suitable image, with no avail, but then stumbled upon a lovely photo of a, well I think you can tell what it is from the image below

It's not 100% perfect, and not quite fully dry from washing off the tooling marks, but I still like it.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Ok, so it may be a little late for that, but it feels like it's Christmas for me.

Finally had my leather arrive, and I must say, I'm very impressed. Great packaging and exactly described on the suppliers site.

so, hopefully will have a few things available soon, just need to get some designs done for some items.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Something A Little Different

Wow, two posts in one day, you must be feeling special.

Well, actually I got so bored of not doing anything and no new goodies turning up, I decided to test out a design on a scrap of leather I had lying around.

Sadly I really love the outcome. Sadly? Well yes, sadly it's not big enough to do anything with ( it's just a little to small to cut for a coaster )

Ah well, just means I will have to do a larger one when I have enough leather.

Monday's Here

Morning all.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Sorry I haven't updated over the weekend.

I was hoping that today would bring the arrival of my new leather, but sadly not ( unless it's coming via courier )

I did receive the invoice, so it shouldn't be to far away.

Oh, how I hate waiting...

Friday, 13 January 2012

A place for everything and everything in its place

Sorry I haven't been on for a couple of days followers.

Anyway, got a lovely pressie for myself today. I decided I was sick and tired of having all my kit in different places, so I decided to get myself something to keep it all together.

This is what I ended up getting. For the cost ( £22.47 ) I thought it was very reasonable. ( From Tesco Direct )

Now everything has it's own home and just simply need to cary this downstairs when I want to do something.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Gold packaged Parcel?

Today, I finally got a shipping quote back from the company.

As I live in the back of beyond "Highlands", they kindly quoted me £14 for shipping. Double what they charge for delivery to "normal" places according to their site.

I really wasn't too bothered as it's a fairly large sized order, so I just decided to pay it.

Should be sent out Thursday, so hopefully plenty of leather pretty soon...

Monday, 9 January 2012

Well, that's not what I wanted to hear

I received an email today, after about a week of waiting, ( yeah, ok, so it was Christmas and New Year, so I'll let them off )

So, who was the email from? Well it was from a leather supply company I had emailed for a shipping quote.

Sadly a few of the items were out of stock. Some very nice brass buckles for using on my belts, but also the camel leather I had hoped to buy. It was a brilliant price, so it's no surprise there's none left. I wanted to try it out and compare it to the normal cow leather I've been using, but it looks like that will have to wait for a bit.

Hopefully I will have plenty of leather to play with very soon.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Well, here we are

The title pretty much says it all. This is the birth of the blog, and until I'm happy with every little tiny detail, it will continue to be under construction.

Hopefully this blog will allow everyone to see the work I do, along with any other post I decide to make.

Hope you enjoy.