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Oct 27th, 2016 at 7:28am
 
Searched on this forum but didn't find much.  I was wondering how you guys label your turnings?  I see that some people buy branding irons, some people engrave them freehand, and I've even seen mention of people using laser printed transfers with acetone or lacquer. 

I don't think I'm ready to commit to purchasing a $150 custom branding iron.  I do have a wood burning tool that I could use freehand to label something but wanted to hear your ideas for labeling without too much costs involved.

A few videos I've seen on youtube related to laser print transfer makes it look like the ink is not very vibrant.  And I'm concerned about how durable something like that would be.

What do you guys use?
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Reply #1 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 9:08am
 
I use an archival pen (similar to a Sharpie but won't fade) on the bottom or a discrete spot on ornaments.  Then I apply the finish over the signature after the ink has had a chance to dry.  I don't remember the name of the pens, but I bought them at Hobby Lobby.
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Reply #2 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 9:40am
 
From experience I've learned that archival pens fade on wood.

I use a Dremel engraver ($15) and fill in with shoe polish. There are others that use Rub n Buff waxes as a fill in.
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Reply #3 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 11:41am
 
Something I haven't been doing either is sign/name pieces ,but wonder about.Do people sign their signature ( mine is unreadable) Or do you print your name in block letters? or do you use a business type name .
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Reply #4 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 12:07pm
 
I was just curious.  I saw some hand made bowls that had a tastefully small brand that said "Handcrafted by YOUR NAME".  I also watched a video where a guy made his own brand that he heated with a blow torch.  It was very small and he used a file to remove away parts of the metal.
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Reply #5 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 1:15pm
 
The trouble with a branding iron is that you need a dead flat place to use it. That is usually not the case.  Also you would be left to figure out a method to show the wood species and date.  A fine point burner works well and is permanent.
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Reply #6 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 1:32pm
 
Rob Grindler wrote on Oct 27th, 2016 at 11:41am:
Do people sign their signature ( mine is unreadable)



Really, its not something to worry about. Sign your name with pride.
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Reply #7 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 3:43pm
 
mine I sign with my initial, the wood species, and a little chariacture of this emoji    ^,,^    done with a wood burning tool.

The wife has been saying I should find a branding iron....figure i'll get to that when i start actually selling them.....
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Reply #8 - Oct 27th, 2016 at 10:28pm
 
I put name date and wood type usually on the bottom of a piece using a Pigma® Micron® Archival Black Ink Pen.  Probably will fade eventually, but on the bottom of a piece that is never exposed to light, I think it would be a very long way off.  And people DO like pieces signed...yes, even the small turned mushrooms.  With a little practice and a fine point pen you can do a pretty nice job of signing almost anything.
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Reply #9 - Oct 28th, 2016 at 10:01am
 
Jeff Vanden Boogart wrote on Oct 27th, 2016 at 10:28pm:
but on the bottom of a piece that is never exposed to light,

From what I've seen the ink looks like it is slowly absorbing into the finish and wood and not fading due to UV light.

Personal observation and not a proven fact.
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Reply #10 - Oct 28th, 2016 at 3:50pm
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Oct 28th, 2016 at 10:01am:
From what I've seen the ink looks like it is slowly absorbing into the finish and wood and not fading due to UV light.

Personal observation and not a proven fact.


You could be correct on that, Ron.  I haven't tried signing on the bare wood..always on top of the finish.
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Reply #11 - Oct 29th, 2016 at 12:59pm
 
I bought a branding stamp, disapointed, never flat surface, wrong temp, double strikes, etc. never use it now.  For flat work I use a self inking stamp, for turnings I use a pen. Sign them some day some body may be proud to own one of your pieces.
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Reply #12 - Oct 29th, 2016 at 7:03pm
 
I use "The Detailer" wood burner by Colwood with a small round tip on raw wood.  My experience is it is best to write the text first with #2 pencil and change layout as needed, then use wood burner over the pencil marks.  Light sanding with 400 grit to remove stray pencil lines, then apply finish.
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Reply #13 - Nov 2nd, 2016 at 6:45am
 
My wife wood burns my name, date and wood on the bottom of all my bowls.  Her penmanship is much better than mine, plus she is good with the wood burner.
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