I want to create a few presentation awards for fellow thespians and
need a way to write on the wood words along the lines of "Presented to
My penmanship has degraded further from it's sorry state pre computers
with the advent of the laser printer, so I doubt I would be happy with
burning the text freehand using the pyrography tools I've seen.
Further, I don't need to burn the text on there as long as it can be
seen and read once hung on the wall.
Short of getting someone more skilled than I to do it or affixing a
brass plate, what are my options?
Mon, Oct 22, 2007, 10:29am (EDT+4) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Mekon) doth sayeth:
Writing 20 words four times with a scroll saw? I'd be dead before I
If you're gonna repeat the same thing over and over, or just want
to burn your logo or whatever, no prob. Make a branding iron. No
biggie. You need a piece of brass about 1/8 thick. (hobby shop) ferric
chloride eching solution (radio shack) paint and small brush or a felt
marker. Paint, or draw, the design on the brass backwards. drop in
echant until thel design is raised quite a bit. Then wash it with water.
and remove the paint. (NOTE: I have NOT done this; however, I have used
a similar [or the same] etching solution to etch glass [for glass it is
a paste, apply with a small brush], using stencils. Wear rubber gloves
[don't forget and scratch your nose or rub your ear], rinse under cold
running water, use common sense; just remember, this is at your own
risk. You can use a large electric soldering iron for heat - braze, or
silver solder, the branding iron on. Or afix to a steel rod, and head
with a propane torch. I'd say put a wooden handle on. No biggie. If I
ever change my mind about just gluing a business card on the bottom or
inside of whatever, I'll make one for myself. If I run across a piece
of brass, may just make one anyway.
"I'm an Igor, thur. We don't athk quethtionth."
"Really? Why not?"
"I don't know, thur. I didn't athk."
I have done something extremely similar to this... etching my own PC
board. (In fact, I'm preparing to make a few more. It's not the 20
minutes in the etchant that's important, it's the 120 minutes spent
preparing that are!)
Ferric Chloride is something to read up on before you do anything with
it. It stains fast and permanent, and I'd never use it in a container
that would ever be used for food, even after a thorough cleaning. It
will etch away metals quite readily, and it seems to me there's
something about glass... If you take the time to read up on Ferric
Chloride (take a look at some of the PC board making sites), you can
handle it safely and effectively.
With the method JOAT described, you may run in to problems with the
etchant eating around your paint. I don't have a solution for this, but
maybe someone else does.
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Wed, Oct 24, 2007, 8:28am (EDT+4) email@example.com (Puckdropper)
<snip> you may run in to problems with the etchant eating around your
paint. I don't have a solution for this, but maybe someone else does.
The last time I etched anything was 50+ years ago. Used some type
of tar, I believe, and etched a nicely intricate stag, in a large
aluminum tray. Didn't eat around the "tar", and came out great. But,
if I try this, and I believe I will, my answer to it eating around the
paint, would be that I would be willing to make more than one, to get a
Which got me to thinking. I know I said brass, but that's something
I read. Don't know when I'd come across some brass, but already have
some steel pieces. I'm thinking that would work as well as brass. Hmm,
now just gotta think of a design I'd want, then get me some etching
It's not hard, if you get your mind right.
- Granny Weatherwax
Got a Dremel?
make a template with a kid's plastic stencil kit and rout it with the Dremel..
If you're handy (pun intended) you can print the sentence on paper and trace
over it with a stylus or hard pencil, then rout or burn it..
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You can also use a printer to print your text, pierce it with a needle for
an outline and then
take a finer dremel or flex-shaft bit and indent the writing. Label strips
also work well.
I prefer a stippling technique for this and, if done carefully, the results
can be more graphically impressive than pyrography. For an added touch, you
can paint the wood for contrast before doing the engraving.
The previous responses can't be correct, because they don't involve getting new tools or machinery.
Why not get a nice pantograph - make one template, then rout them all out. Save the template for future use. Here's the pantograph setup I use:
The previous responses can't be correct, because they don't involve getting
new tools or machinery.
Why not get a nice pantograph - make one template, then rout them all out.
Save the template for future use. Here's the pantograph setup I use:
I have never been all that impressed with wood burning, mine or
Laser etching is impressive, but I know you want to do your own
thing and maybe you want to buy new tools. Here is an idea:
Stop at a local head stone company. Buy a small piece of bounce
sheet. Cut your design and writing out of the sheet. Talk it
over with the sand blaster at the headstone outfit about digging
the letters or digging the background. See what he would charge
for doing the sandblasting or buy a small harbor freight set and
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