Pyrography Gallery

Decided to put all images into a combined Gallery, link at the top of the page. But still playing with things as I don’t like how it’s displayed atm. More to come!

Latest uploads went to the collection with a boring name Others

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Migraines and tips

My son gets migraines, even more than I do. So the door hanger is specifically for him, hope he likes it. I think my failed cat keyrings just show how smooth I need things to get some can get an even burn.

I am now a proud owner of anvil. OK so it’s a mini anvil, but I have decided to try and make my own tips. First tester went well, and I now have can second shader. My coil though, well let’s just say it didn’t go well. I will have to practice that a lot to get it right.

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The keyrings arrived and other fun bits

So, the keyrings arrived. A problem has arisen, centering images is not easy. One of the cats is better than the other, but neither are great. I need practice.

The door hanger did not turn out as good as I wanted, at least this side of it, sadly. The main side is the Betty Boop from the other day.

I may do a series of mats with optical illusions, this was a quick tester, and seems ok. I have another to do so will see how I get on with it.

The Celtic Trivet was an interesting little project – and not planned. The design had been intended for something else but ended up being to short. Let’s just call it rustic.

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Marriage and cat

My first attempt at text, moderate success. It looks now I expected it to, but not quite how I wanted it to. So one important thing learned today, things have to be smoother so I need to sand more.

However the cat turned out exactly how I wanted, it that had been smooth it wouldn’t look right!

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Betty Boop

Betty Boop Door Hanger
Door Hanger

I purchased the Peter Child Pyrography Machine with some Amazon vouchers I was given. I started a test sheet, which I will play with in the coming months. However this was my first attempt of an actual item. mM friends daughter likes Betty Boop, so this seemed like an ideal one to start with.

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MBNA security fails

Yesterday I received an email I firming me my statement was ready. Decided to leave it until today, and as usual used my tablet to sign in. Except I couldn’t.

Problem 1

Apparently existing passwords with punctuation will no longer work, and the site advised me to change my password.

Problem 2

The page would not load. Wonderful. Ok they have been pushing the use of their app of late I’ll try that, on my phone as it isn’t suitable for tablets. Install it, try to sign in, and it fails and sends me to the website…

Problem 3

This time though it takes me to a page for me to change my password. Without realising I actually enter a new password that is too long, BUT it accepts it!

Problem 4

Ask to reset your memorable word, what memorable word! Never used one before, so set one up, not one I can actually remember though, and included numbers in it.

Problem 5

New password did not work.

Problem 6

New password did not work

Problem 7

Calling support. Did not have my card ready, retrieved it before I get through to a human, at least I think she was human, didn’t catch her name.

Problem 8

Ask for me to do the process again, so I do.. same result.

Problem 9

Asks me to do it again but checks a few things along the way. I’ve been entering my password wrong, it’s too long. It’s been 17 characters for years, and now the max is 15. Were there any warnings or errors no of course not.

Problem 10

Apparently the password cannot contain Upper case characters. Yes they decided to add that restriction in without telling anyone. Not only that but it doesn’t appear in any error or indeed anywhere in the login process. So I had no chance getting passed this with my new password.


MBNA decided to change things without informing anyone, and didn’t create useful errors to help people resolve this. Passwords are now less secure, removing punctuation and upper case letters is just ridiculous. Memorable word, or phrase, or randomised letters and numbers (like mine) are now an extra hurdle. If I used an easy memorable phrase that yes it would be easier, but it would also be easy for others to figure it out as well.

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