Building and Using a Lichtenberg Wood Burning Machine

My husband and I were bored the summer of 2020 and decided to build this fractal burning tool. Since I was already working with epoxy resin, I knew that filling the burn designs with colorful epoxy resin would look amazing.

Fractal burning occurs when a conductive solution is applied to the wood and then electricity is introduced via 2 electrodes wired from a transformer (microwave). As the current tries to connect, the high voltage burns river like patterns into the wood. The results are absolutely incredible! No burn design is ever the same!

DISCLAIMER: Use of a Lichtenberg Wood Burning Machine is very dangerous. One mistake can seriously injure or kill you. We are not recommending that you make or use one of these devices. We are only showing you how we made ours.

We chose to use a microwave transformer for our Lichtenberg wood burning machine because it creates deeper cuts and grooves in the wood for resin pouring. This is also the most dangerous type of transformer to use because it has one of the most amps. You can also use a neon sign transformer but your burn designs will look different.

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The Rusty Can Saga Continues…

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And so the rusty can saga continues… my favorite colors are rust, patina and chippy! (Get your very own junker t-shirt that says just that!) There’s something about vintage pieces. Even though they can’t speak, their long journey tells a quiet, beautiful story. In a world of mass production and plastic everything, I just want to preserve a little bit of what we all came from. Progress is great but so is the past that got us there.

I guess I’m just a free spirited old soul. I can appreciate all of our modern conveniences and technology (especially medical technology that saved my daughter’s life). But I just love all things old and vintage. And so I rescue them, one rusty can at a time!

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Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Stephanie, and I’m a single mama of 2 girls, ages 12 and 9 and a grumpy puggle named Stella Luna. We live in Northern VA where I work full time and also started my own business, Artified Junk Rescue.

I’ve always been an artist in some way over the years, whether it’s fine art, photography, or upcycling, like I do now. I love the thrill of the hunt, wandering around antique, vintage, thrift stores or flea markets, looking for “junk” that I can make into a treasure. I love to travel and wherever I am, I am always rescuing discarded vintage pieces and antiques. My passion is preserving history, eating organic and all natural, working hard to grow my small business and and supporting other small businesses.

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