Petra's Art Hub Rotating Charcuterie Board

Rotating Charcuterie Board

03/28/2022


I have about three of these rotating cutting boards that have a glass insert and have been wanting to make something with them.

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing some of these boards is that they've been coated with a finish. This means before you sit down to burn on your image, you will want to sand it down really well to remove whatever finish is on there. 

You don't want to inhale any fumes from burning on it or ruin the woodburning tip that you're using due to the carbon buildup. If that happens make you you have some Aluminum oxide that scrubs the carbon off. I recommend powdered aluminum oxide over the wax polishing compound. The wax leaves a little gummy residue that smells when you first get your tip hot. But the powder doesn't.

Once you have your board sanded, it's time to sketch your outline onto the board. I printed it on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and cut out the different sections so that I could properly align it on the board. 

Use graphite paper to transfer your pattern as that is the safest and easiest to remove. You want to make sure you keep our light enough so you can see it but not too dark that it interferes with your wood-burning work. Graphite is difficult to remove after and may require some sanding and re-burning the section if that happens - and that can sometimes impact the look of your work. 

There are different ways you could work this out - do the words in outline and shade in the shark or give everything a silhouette look and feel. I chose to do the letters in a solid burn and then add shading to the shark. 

I will be using shellac on this to protect the work but only because it has a glass insert. Most cutting boards you will want to use a cutting board oil of some kind that is food safe! 


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I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.

But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.  

Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!

I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!

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