This blog entry shows how I install the small (1 inch diameter x 3mm thick) brass Makers-Marks on my projects. I like the traditional feel that the labels give a project. I prefer painting the recess black so that when the label is installed there is a small subtle black reveal line around the outside edge. This is strictly personal preference.
I get my labels from a very kind chap in England – his contact information is below. Vidi makes a solid and a finely crafted product. I made my own artwork using Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. I uploaded the artwork file via email. We sorted out a couple of design questions, basically agreeing to Vidi’s excellent suggestion of infilling the letters black and the tree green. The cost for 5 standard 1 inch brass infilled labels was approximately $36 (US). An excellent deal! My labels arrived by post 3 weeks later.
VIDI Visual Communication
1 Cross Lane, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 5LB England, UK
tel/fax: 01539 740 251 from abroad 0044 1539 740251
I start by laying out the location for the Makers-Mark.
I use blue painter’s tape as a mask for painting the recess later in the process.
After cutting the recess, I run my thumbnail around the perimeter to firmly seat the tape mask. Any slight paint leak has always cleaned up easily with a few passes of a cabinet scraper later in the finishing phases.
I use a larger mask cut from a sheet of plastic coated freezer paper to protect the projetc from overspray – I am always very generous with this mask!