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Forum topic by Greg the Cajun Wood Artist posted 10-25-2017 03:58 AM 651 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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10-25-2017 03:58 AM

Project tags…I have an electric branding iron for my completed projects and also sometimes use small 1”x3” brass engraved tags with an adhesive back that I got a good price on when i purchased 250 of them.
Often I get a request for a personalized engraved tag for commissions. I am looking for some sort of small inexpensive engraving machine that I can use to create individual brass tags no larger than a business card size.
I have no interrest in any sort of cnc machine because I would not use it.
My question is: does anyone know what type of engraver is available that creates small brass engravings?
Thanks…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"


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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 10-25-2017 06:39 AM

Hey Greg,

Hope you find an answer. Been having trouble with my LJ account. Cricket found a solution so I’m back.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tooch

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#2 posted 10-25-2017 09:50 AM

Greg, you could look into Pet Tag Engravers and find a bunch of different options from manual to computer generated designs.

https://www.ebay.com/i/322252652659?chn=ps&dispItem=1

Another thing would be a small Laser engraver and anodized aluminum tags:

https://www.epiloglaser.com/resources/sample-club/pet-tag-engraving.htm

Here are some tag ideas:

http://chewbarka.com/name-plates-and-business-cards-c-36/?zenid=aouirgsv2hr8k6hejrhd4rkht2

Everyone’s version of “inexpensive” is different, not sure what the budget is for this endeavor. Good Luck

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 10-25-2017 05:26 PM



Hey Greg,

Hope you find an answer. Been having trouble with my LJ account. Cricket found a solution so I m back.

- DocSavage45


Tom, glad you found a solution to your LJ account. They screwed up my old account a good while back and never got it resolved. I had to start a new one.
Any new projects lately?

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 10-25-2017 05:30 PM

Thanks for the good info. Never had a laser engraver before and it is a new area of research. I figure i will have to spend several thousand dollars for quality since laser engravers, like anything else, has a lot of cheap junk available and also alot of quality. Don’t need troublesome poor quality


Greg, you could look into Pet Tag Engravers and find a bunch of different options from manual to computer generated designs.

https://www.ebay.com/i/322252652659?chn=ps&dispItem=1

Another thing would be a small Laser engraver and anodized aluminum tags:

https://www.epiloglaser.com/resources/sample-club/pet-tag-engraving.htm

Here are some tag ideas:

http://chewbarka.com/name-plates-and-business-cards-c-36/?zenid=aouirgsv2hr8k6hejrhd4rkht2

Everyone s version of “inexpensive” is different, not sure what the budget is for this endeavor. Good Luck

- Tooch


-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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teejk02

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#5 posted 10-25-2017 09:48 PM

How about a “freehand” thing that you could do with a Dremel type tool (it is brass after all)? I have a few wildlife prints and they are all signed by the artists that way. Absent that, a lot of towns have trophy shops that do this stuff every day.

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#6 posted 10-25-2017 11:29 PM



How about a “freehand” thing that you could do with a Dremel type tool (it is brass after all)? I have a few wildlife prints and they are all signed by the artists that way. Absent that, a lot of towns have trophy shops that do this stuff every day.

- teejk02


I can freehand sculpted designs on my wood projects without any problem. However i have made numerous attempts to freehand lettering with my dremel and not once did I come up with results that I was satisfied with. I do use an trophy engraver that will make the engraved brass tags for me for a reasonable price…but i usually have to wait about 5-7 days before they are ready. I just want to be able to do the professional looking engraving myself and in my shop…just a personal satisfaction thing about being able to do as much as i can

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#7 posted 10-26-2017 12:12 AM

A thought about engraving with a Dremel? Make some templets and copy them. Might not be as finished as you like?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#8 posted 10-26-2017 12:20 AM



A thought about engraving with a Dremel? Make some templets and copy them. Might not be as finished as you like?

- DocSavage45


Hand engraving is not an option because my hand engraving quality seems to not get any better… and I need faster and more professional results

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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Lazyman

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#9 posted 10-26-2017 02:04 AM

Checkout toner transfer paper. It allows you to chemically etch metal. You print the negative of what you want to etch with a laser printer. Heat transfer the image or text to your metal and use ferric chloride to etch it.

I haven’t tried this yet but I saw this in Woodsmith magazine issue number 228. They used it to etch a decorative scroll pattern into the brass blade of a shop built miter square.

EDIT: Looks like you can purchase the plans separately. Not sure it includes the details on how to etch the pattern but you can at least see the results here
https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/precision-miter-square/

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