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How to Use Singe Quill Pen with Silhouette CAMEO on Wood

Creating wood burned projects with your Silhouette machine has never been easier when you combine the Silhouette CAMEO 3, CAMEO 4, or Curio with the We R Memory Keepers Singe Quill Pen.  

This tutorial will walk you through how to create these stunning (and smokin' hot!) wood signs.
The Singe Quill is a pen that contains a special heat-activated ink. When the ink is applied to wood and then heated with a heat tool, it singes the wood for that burned look.
You could always sketch a design by hand on some wood, but what's better than having the Silhouette CAMEO do it for you?!

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, CAMEO 4, We Are Memory Keepers, Heat Gun

Just look at this design that comes from the Holiday Starter SVG Bundle at So Fontsy. This huge bundle is so cool because it has 234 SVGs and 1 font that will make sure you are ready to craft for any holiday - including Father's Day!

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The reason this works best on the CAMEO 4, 3 and Curio is because of the higher clearance which you'll need for the thin wood to it under the roller bar.

To use the Singe Quill pen in your CAMEO or Curio you'll need to insert it in the pen holder. I am using my CAMEO 4 so I am using the Silhouette CAMEO 4 pen holder.  The medium (white) collet included with the Pen holder fist best for this pen. If you need a refresher on how to use the CAMEO 4 pen holder, check out this tutorial.

I prefer the Chomas pen or marker adapter for my older Silhouette machines.
Singe Pen, Wood Sign, CAMEO 4, CAMEO 3, Heat Gun

Silhouette CAMEO 4: With the pen holder (with Singe Quill Pen) loaded in Tool Carriage 1 and the Silhouette CAMEO 4 machine turned on, Silhouette Studio will automatically detect and change your tool and action in the Send panel.

Silhouette CAMEO 3 and Curio users can also use the left tool carriage, but will need to manually change the Tool to Sketch Pen which will change the Action to "Sketch" in Silhouette Studio's Send panel.

Since the WRMK 8 x 8 wood veener sheet used for this sign is considerably thicker than your standard piece of cardstock, you may want to adjust the default sketch settings. This way the tip of the pen doesn't get pressed so hard onto the material.

A Force setting of 4 worked really well. And to remember this setting for future Singe Quill projects, you can create custom material settings - check out this blog post for more on how to add custom material settings to Silhouette Studio.

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Curio, CAMEO 3, Heat Gun

Adhere your wood sheet onto a sticky cutting mat and load into the Cameo 4 like normal. Press Send in Silhouette Studio and the Cameo will get to work sketching your design.

The Singe Quill pen ink dries clear, but when it is first applied you can see the wood darken slightly for a moment - so you know it really is being applied.

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Sketch Pen, Gift, Heat Gun

When it's done sketching, unload and remove the wood from your mat. Set on a heat resistant surface because things are about to heat up! Hold a hot heat tool over the inked areas for a few moments until you just begin to see the outline of the sketched design.
Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Sketch Pen, Gift, Heat Gun
Remember, when you sketch an SVG with the Cameo, you are only sketching the outline. There are ways to alter the design in Silhouette Studio so that the Cameo will fill it in – or with just a little extra effort you can color in the design yourself.

Use the same singe pen you sketched with in the Cameo to color in the rest of the design. The areas you color will darken slightly when the ink in applied, then dry completely clear (if you miss a spot that's okay because you can always add more ink to that spot later).

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Sketch Pen, Gift, Heat Gun

When you're done coloring, take your heat tool again and apply heat over the ink. The longer you hold the heat over an area, the darker it will become.  The outline you previously singed will also darken, but eventually the outline and the middle color will level off and match.

To heat this entire 8 x 8-inch sign took a little under 10 minutes. To make the process go as quickly as possible, use a high quality heat tool like this Wagner heat tool. It gets really hot, which is exactly what you want for this project (just be careful!) And again, be sure to work on a heat resistant surface. 

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Sketch Pen, WRMK, Heat Gun

If the wood veneer sheet bends slightly during the heating process, immediately after heating a sheet of parchment paper over the top (to protect the sign), then something heat and heat resistant (the wood will still be warm) over the top.

Leave until cool and the sign will flatten out. Then, use a power drill to put a couple holes in the top. Run each end of a piece of jute rope through each hole. Then, tie several large knots at either end so that the ends don't fall back through the hole.

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Sketch Pen, Gift, Heat Gun

And as easy as that, you have a super cool, professional-looking wood burned sign and a perfect Father's Day gift for that awesome dad in your life!

Singe Pen, Wood Sign, Sketch Pen, WRMK, CAMEO 4

And don't forget about all the other 234 SVGs and fonts in the Holiday Starter SVG Bundle that would make awesome as a wood burned design! The bundle is now 89% off for just a limited time so get it before it's gone!

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1 comment

  1. Hello! Fun idea! As I was reading, I wondered if instead of using a heat tool, can you use a Cricut heat press and keep checking to get the desired color?


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