Pyrography uses a heated wire tip to burn an image into the wood. Rachel works with the grain of wood to create interest within each individual piece, for example in this work depicting two giraffes on lacewood. Lacewood, or London Plane, has a very distinctive grain which lends itself beautifully to the shapes and textures within a giraffe’s skin.
Rachel regularly undertakes pet portraits, often using pyrography to create something truly unique. Heat is used to give a real feel for texture within a portrait which aims to capture the personality of the pet. Colouring techniques are sometimes used to compliment the dark tones within the burned image.