Recently, someone posted that they were looking for a way for students to “sign” their projects, but wanted an alternative to the expense of purchasing individual branding irons.
I have two solutions. One from a craft class my wife attended, the other from a publication.
In the craft class, an ordinary typewriter is used to type the text onto a paper dinner napkin or paper towel. The napkin or towel is then torn around the text. Once it is affixed with ordinary Elmer’s white glue, all the napkin disappears, leaving just the text visible.
As usual, while looking for something else, I came across this article. It originally was published in the Sept/October issue of Today’s Woodworker; as follows…
Put Your John Hancock Here
Want to leave your mark on your woodworking projects? You don’t absolutely need a branding iron.
Have your local printer or copy shop make a transparency (like those used for overhead projectors of your signature or logo. Next, to get a mirror image of your logo, place the transparency face-side-up in a photocopier, which allows you to reduce or enlarge it to suit your project.
Now place the photocopy on your project and apply heat with an iron or woodburning pen to transfer the toner. For best results the wood must be sanded as smooth as possible.
L.K. Bolay Oak Harbor, Ohio
Practice…’till you can do it right the first time.