The Scorch Marker is a revolutionary way to complete wood burning projects. Simply prep your surface by sanding to at least 220 grit. Then shake your Scorch Marker and apply your design. Once you have completed your design, apply heat and the design will begin to burn into the wood. The more heat you apply, the darker the design! This is best accomplished with a heat gun, but an oven can also be used (350° F until the desired effect is achieved). If using a heat gun, we recommend one of at least 1000 watts and 500° F or hotter. Other woodburning tools are more complicated, and there is always the potential to burn yourself, making this marker a great alternative. Traditional electrically powered tools require that you constantly change the tip to get the desired effect, which can be a hassle and time-consuming. With this pen, all you need to do is draw and heat, making it the easiest and safest option. This amazing tool eliminates the need to use a flame or torch to create beautiful wood-burned art. You can choose to either draw your designs freehand or trace them with stencils or templates. Wood-burned designs look most striking against lighter woods like birch, basswood, poplar, aspen, and walnut. If you make a mistake, you can simply sand it down and try again! This marker even works on paper and cardboard. The chemicals used in these markers are non-toxic and odor-free, making them food safe, so you can feel free to use them on cutting boards and other surfaces you might eat off of. Other woodburning kits have a lot of components, not to mention, the woodburning process takes much longer with a heated pen. This tool can even make crafting fun for men! It makes a great gift for any beginner or person new to crafting as well. In addition, you can use this tool to create unique, handmade gifts for anyone in your life.