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    How do you sign/brand your work

    I know I've seen this before but I can't find it. I've been selling a few of my turkey calls and would like to sign them. How do you sign your work?

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    I use an electric branding iron on most items - got it at Rockler. For small things, I use a fine permanent marker and sign my name and the date.
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    Thanks Bill. You ever have any problem with the marker running? Do you sign before or after you finish it?

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    get a marker that has permanent or archival ink.. they make some that have a real fine point john.. and i would think after finish would come out better than before because of the bleeding on the wood. i use a burn type brand that i had made up by my buddy Tom.. if you can come up with a logo thats the best route i think but maybe on your thin bottoms maybe not, you need to exert some pressure to get a good burn.

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    I bought a branding iron, one heated by a torch. It works fine, but I find I seldom use it. I do scroll saw pictures now and on most there is no place to brand. I have an alternative I want to play with but haven't found time to try it yet.
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    hey paul you got the back side to brand dont you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    I bought a branding iron, one heated by a torch. It works fine, but I find I seldom use it. I do scroll saw pictures now and on most there is no place to brand. I have an alternative I want to play with but haven't found time to try it yet.
    One thing I've done on a couple of items is use the iron to brand a "badge" of veneer and attach that to the back of an item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    Thanks Bill. You ever have any problem with the marker running? Do you sign before or after you finish it?
    The few times I've done that, I sign after applying sealer, then topcoat.
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    I have made thin 1.5 inch diameter rounds with laser engraved text that can be set into a counter sunk hole on the item.

    Plan B - Send me a small piece of the work and I can laser engrave (in some hidden spot) about anything on it.

    For just an item or two by prices are better than reasonable. Usually just enough to cover shipping.

    Now if you want to do 50 or 100 items I would need to charge something.

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