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post #1 of 7 Old 03-19-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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autographing a bowl

when do you and what do you use?
before,after,between coats?
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I use one of 3 methods. I use a Dremel engraver, a woodburing tool, or an archival permanent marker. I use the Dremel engraver mostly. It leaves a very subtle signature however if you want a more stand out signature you can rub colored wax into it. The two on the top are the Dremel Engraver. The two on the bottom are woodburned using a very small writing tip. Both take practice to be able to sign and make it look good.
If you use the archival pens do a test using your finishes. Some finishes will smear the signature.
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Just started using the dremel engraver, didn't even know i've had one the last two years, haha. Works great. I prefer it over burning, because my burning tip would want to follow the grain, and it's a super cheapo, so when it would go off track, a split second later i'd have a burn hole
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I'm a sharpie guy, though I did find a coupla "paint pens" my better half had around for projects...

They seem to work well...

My penmanship is the biggest issue.

If'n I win the lotto, I'll get a electric tool to burn my "logo" on stuff.

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...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?
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I'm a sharpie guy, though I did find a coupla "paint pens" my better half had around for projects...

They seem to work well...

My penmanship is the biggest issue.

If'n I win the lotto, I'll get a electric tool to burn my "logo" on stuff.

p
Have you put a finish over your sharpie?
my penmanship will suck to and im dreading that part the worst lol
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I've found when using the pens that wipe on or very thick sprays will make them run. What I do is let it dry and then spray a very light coat dusting coat over it. Let that dry. Then I can spray a quicker coat. For wipe on finishes I dab a little over the signature and let it dry. Then the next coats seem to go over it OK.
On my Christmas ornaments that don't get handled much I just sign over the last coat of finish. The signature will fade with time using this method at least with the pens I have used.
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Robert...
I write over the first few coats of finish...
I've only sprayed on a thin coat after writing a few times...
Haven't had a splotching issue...

Keep in mind that ALL of my work is new, and I can't speak to the longevity of anything that I do!

I did try to write on an unfinished piece once, caused the ink to run in the wood... oops.

I try to follow the advice of the old timers here.

As a matter of fact, I probably shouldn't even get too involved in these discussions.

Good luck!

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