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post #1 of 34 Old 04-06-2008, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up signing your work

I always sign every piece i do. I use a regular ink pen and then just put finish over top of it. I think its time for me to sign my work in a better way. I was wondering what you guys do, ink, woodburn, carve? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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I have never sighed a piece of my work. I always forget.. I have always wanted to get one of those stamps made that enable you to burn your signature into the wood. I should get one of those..
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I have one of those stamps, and i hate it. The piece that you are stamping has to be dead flat for it to work, and every good turner knows that the bottom of bowls should be slightly concave. I also had trouble with parts of the signature getting hotter then the rest, therefore getting darker than the rest
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Woodburn. A little practice and it doesn't look too bad.
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i've practiced and just cant seem to get the hang of it. maybe i should try it again
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Paint marker pen. http://www.dickblick.com/zz221/21/
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I use a dremel engraver or woodburner. Mostly the Dremel. To use either you need to sand the area you are working on. It makes it much easier to write. Either one requires practice to get it right.
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I agree with John, Dremel or woodburner.
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I couldn't justify the cost of a branding iron, so I bought a rubber stamp. It looks very much like the oval imprints from a branding iron. The stamp needs to be applied before the sealer coat. I liked it well enough that I bought one for a friend who likes it too....~ $10 shipped.

I also like to glue in a penny from the year the piece was made to the bottom.
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My wife got me a custom burner type stamp for x-mas and so far I'm not really impressed with it. Might have to try the rubber stamp in the future.

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I have the buner and it works great for me. Also do woodburning for smaller thing.
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For several years I had a less expensive good quality wood burner and always had trouble writing with it. Then I bought the Dremel and used it. I occasionally have trouble with summer/winter grain transitions but if I sand well and use a light touch it works.
This last year I bought an Optima woodburner and I seem to be able to write with it much easier. I don't know if my skills have improved or if the burner is better. Probably both.
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I bought a couple of labels from Meisels. They will print up a label that you can place on the bottom or back of your work. They have an adhesive on them. You can write a date on them, then place a clear finish on them.

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also like to glue in a penny from the year the piece was made to the bottom.

Very Cool Idea!
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Very Cool Idea!
Yeah...but it's best not to finish any pieces until around March or you won't find any new pennies for the current year!
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Where did you buy this stamp???

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Where did you buy this stamp???
Hi Ken - It was someone on Ebay...sorry I cant' recall the name, but if you search "rubber stamps" you'll get lots of hits.
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The turners I know suggest a litte teeny tiny thin felt tip, like a Sharpie paint pen. Let it dry thoroughly before finishing, or it runs and bleeds and looks terrible. and do it while the piece is still on the lathe, so if it looks awful, you do not have to remount the piece before you cut it out and re-do. they also suggest signing between two little grooves, so the signature stands out, detracting attention from any errors.

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signing your pieces

I use an old cheapie woodburner from Sears that I have had for over 30 years. I use the pointy tip which I have sharpened up a bit. Most of my pieces I cut a couple of grooves in the bottom about 1/2" apart. I burn my name, date, and type of wood and stay between the two grooves as a guide. You can buy one of the expensive burners, but with some practice, you can do a good job with the cheapie. I let it get good and hot for 5-6 minutes and wear a glove because it gets a little hot on the fingers otherwise. Lay the tip in at a slight angle and draw it towards you with light pressure for each stroke of the letter. If you drag it like this, it won't have a tendacy to get stuck in the open grain and leave a heavy burn mark.
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I have thought of having a small plack engraved with date and name.

Any thoughts anyone.
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