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    How do you sign your work? Excluding branding irons....

    As the title says, what do you use to sign your work. I just did a bowl on the lathe, turned out nicely. What's easiest and best way to sign the bottom? Was thinking thin indelible magic marker type pen. Will that run if I put polyurethane over it?

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    I suggest the Micron archival pens. It's waterproof ,fade proof ,pigmented .

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    I got Staedtler pigment liner archival pens at Office Depot. Sign after sanding, let dry for 15-20 mins and apply topcoat. So far no runs , no drips, and no errors....

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    It will take several markers to sign bowls. Hard to see most markers on walnut and dyed. You'll need a silver or white for those. I use a vibrating engraver from Harbor Freight where a marker won't show well. A bit like tattooing.

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    Forney paint pen in silver or white?

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    I had a rubber stamp made for under $10 with an inc pad and sign with a magic marker.
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    http://www.signaturemedallions.com/

    Great service. Lots of options.

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    Wow, lots of great ideas. thanks. Randy

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    I just finished making engraved medallions for Dennis Peacock. Maybe he will share a picture.
    Note, not a sales pitch I don't make these for money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall J Cox View Post
    As the title says, what do you use to sign your work. I just did a bowl on the lathe, turned out nicely. What's easiest and best way to sign the bottom? Was thinking thin indelible magic marker type pen. Will that run if I put polyurethane over it?
    I've tested all types of markers and pens with a variety of finishes.

    I've settled on these pigment-based pens for my woodturnings.

    Pitt_Pens_Wallet_Set-of-8.jpg

    JKJ

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    The solvent for ink is alcohol. Unless you finish with shellac or something containing alcohol you should have minimal problems with the marker. It would be helpful if you would seal over the marker with a sprayed finish. If there is ink on the surface a brush could drag some of the ink making it fuzzy looking.

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    I turn small medallions from a contrasting wood and engrave them with my little NEJE toy laser. Works well for that and pens, not much else.
    Rick
    I support the Pens for Canadian Peacekeepers project

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    Not a branding iron but I use a soldering pen with narrow tip & actually sign my name.
    “Pay no attention to what you cannot control..” Epictetus, 100 A.D.
    It costs nothing to be kind to others

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    I use Signature Medallions too. They look great and install easy. Very classy looking. Personalized art work.

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    Like most artists out west I simply sign name or initials with a pen--very casually.

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