Fractal Burning TikTok - Dangerous Viral Trend Explained

The internet is buzzing with a new TikTok art trend called ‘fractal wood burning,’ but users on the platform are advising people to stay away from it.

Every now and then, TikTok popularizes a new internet craze. It’s sometimes a dance, and other times it’s a dish that goes viral.

Art trends, despite being less popular than the dances and recipes on the platform, do have their own fanbase.

As a result, when the fractal burning craze became popular, many people tried it.

What Is Fractal Burning TikTok?

Since 2020, the fractal burning fad has been popular on TikTok, with a revival in February 2022.

People use a high-voltage transformer, sometimes from a microwave oven, to flow current through wood products immersed in a chemical solution in an art fad known as Lichtenberg.

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The use of high-voltage electricity to burn wood and the chemical that is applied to it combine to produce art-like imagery on the wood. The finished result frequently resembles tree or plant branches.

Some users go a step further and pour resin on top of the design to give it a more artistic appearance.

Fractal Burning TikTok - Dangerous Viral Trend Explained

Fractal burning, on the other hand, is not a trend you should try at home.

Because it involves the use of high voltage electricity, it is extremely dangerous and should only be done by trained persons in a secure area.

TikTok users have been warning people about the fad since it went widespread, urging them to stay away from it.

Fractal Burning goes wrong in Wisconsin, killing a couple

A Wisconsin couple was killed by the hazardous TikTok movement.

On April 6, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a fire at a Roseville residence. The fire began in the garage and quickly spread throughout the house.

A couple was discovered dead, and it was later discovered that they had been electrocuted while attempting fractal wood burning.

This isn’t the first time fractal burning has resulted in a negative outcome. According to, the art form was responsible for at least six deaths between 2017 and 2019.

According to the website, 33 people have died as a result of the practice.

“High-voltage electricity is an unseen killer; the user is unaware of the risk.” The risk of a rotating saw blade is obvious. “It is self-evident that coming into touch with a moving blade may result in injury, but a spinning blade will nearly never kill you,” their website states.

“If you make one minor error with fractal burning, you’re dead.”

Fractal burning is incredibly dangerous and should be avoided as far as possible.

However, there are a few art trends which are relatively safe to try, here are the details if you want to give them a go:

Renaissance Challenge

Using films or images of yourself, as well as your artwork, this trend allows you identify yourself to the world as a creative.

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Any type of art, from photography and graphic design to drawing and sculpting, can be used to participate in this trend.

Display your first drawing

The artist must present their first-ever drawing and then their most recent creation in this TikTok craze. It demonstrates how far an artist has progressed over time.

By Stephanie Scott

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