I would like to sign and date the pieces I make. I have a burning tool
but it does not have a date attachment and seems a little impersonal.
Does anyone know of a pen/Ink that will write permanently on finished
surfaces? I would like to be able to actually write on the piece.
The gold, or silver paint pens tend to write on most surfaces, I don't
think they would be much chop on a waxed surface though ??
As you have a burning tool, use a fine round tip and use it as a pen. I
have done this a few times and it works pretty good. (Before I finish
All the best
Use a pencil, it won't fade with time like ink will. Best bet would be
on the back or bottom where you won't put a stain (or might not put a
stain, depends on style I guess). If you want to protect it I suppose
you could put a finish over it, but that's up to you. And don't worry
about it being easily erased, if someone wanted to do that they could
also sand/scrape anything else you did to sign it so what's the
I didn't see the original post, but if the question is asking how one might
sign their work, I use an old wood burning pen and put my initials and date
in an inconspicuous corner. Before I had the wood burning pen, I used a
small soldering iron. Making curved letters with a straight tip is
sometimes a challange, but light passes with the tip helps. In some woods,
the tip will readily want to sink in "with the grain" and take forever to
mark "accross the grain".
I've seen web articles on the photo-etching that can be done, on a piece of
brass (I think). Then that gets cut out, and embedded in the furniture. I
thought that looked terribly cool and professional.
I think there was an article in a Wood Magazine on doing exactly that.
You could draw on a piece of brass with a Sharpie and then dunk it in some
ferric chloride from Radio Shack for awhile to etch it.
I've just been signing my stuff with a Sharpie. Careful not to shellac over
it. DAMHIKT. (Sharpie dissolves in alcohol...) I've got stuff I did 10
years ago that's still crystal clear. I don't go back further than 10
years in woodworking, so I can't say how it will look in 50.
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You might try printing small labels with a laser printer then attaching
them by pasting them on using the last layer of finish (if you put the
label on with first coat, you risk sanding through it). Since the toner is
actually tiny beads of plastic that are fused together, it won't be
affected by solvents (well, none that won't attack the wood too..). You
can scan in signatures and logos and encorporate them into a design using
Word or Open Office. If you can find the right kind of paper for the
finish, the paper becomes almost transparent.
Where I work we have literally dozens of Thomas Moser pieces, and each one
is signed and dated on the bottom by the person that assembled it. It looks
to me like they used a fine-point sharpie or similar pen. All of the pieces
are cherry, if that means much. Most of them are about 5-6 years old and
the writing looks great - all on the undersides of chair seats/table tops
Just remember that Sharpie ink is not 100% alcohol proof. If shellac is
applied directly over the ink, it may blur it. It would probably help
if a light dusting of shellac or lacquer was the first coat over the ink.
I use exactly that a burning tool with a fine point tip. I can write
just like it were a piece of paper under the tool. The only problem is
that the tip although fine still burns a line about the thickness of a
piece of yarn.
Japanese calligraphy pens - cheap plastic ones from Sakura or similar
(any good stationer). They use archival-grade pigment based inks and
will last as long as necessary. They're also resistant to bleeding, if
you apply most solvents over them.
Chris Becksvoort (?) glues one of that year's nickels in place.
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