Magnifying Glass Art – truly original!

November 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm 1 comment

One sunny day I was trying to burn a leaf with a magnifying glass. After doing that some, I tried it on some scrap wood we had lying around. It darkened the wood, not unlike wood burning. I tried writing my name, and it wasn’t that good but you could read it. After playing round a little, I decided to try and make something worthwhile. I got a 2 by 4 and drew a design of horses running, the first image below. I also tried it on leather (the far right picture), but it got all wavy and didn’t work very well. After I burned things for an afternoon, my eyes were really tired. I had been using a pair of sunglasses before, but my Mom thought I needed more than that, so I rigged up a pair of sunglasses with additional eye-parts from another pair, along with another pair on top of that. The point of light was still bright, but not so bad. So if you ever try this, USE A LOT OF EYE PROTECTION AND IF YOUR EYES START TO HURT STOP IMMEDIATELY. It’s nice to be able to see, I can assure you. Anyway, if you want to take the risk of hurting your eyes, read on after the pictures to learn how to do it.


  • Magnifying glass (Preferably not glass; after using a glass one for a few days it randomly exploded into two pieces when it was just sitting on my desk. You shouldn’t keep it by your head while you sleep because of that. I call it a magnifying glass because that’s the standard term for it.)
  • ADEQUATE EYE PROTECTION (I suggest multiple sunglasses on top of each other)
  • Sunny day
  • Wood

After putting on your eye protection, set the wood out in the sun and angle the magnifying glass so that the point of light on the wood is the brightest. Once you have it focused well, it should start to sizzle and burn a little of the wood. Move the magnifying glass around to make a design. You’ll have to be constantly adjusting it to keep the point of light the brightest and will probably need some practice to get the hang of it . And always remember, stop if your eyes hurt or feel weird at all.

Note: I’ve only done this a few times because I’ve been slightly worried about my eyes. Especially before I wore multiple layers of eye protection, I would see a little weird after I was done.


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  • 1. Gram  |  November 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome and beautiful!


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