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03-08-2012 10:51 PM

I have used sharpie pens to sign my projects, varnish or shellac always blurs the ink.
What is a good medium to use or sealer to protect it?

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 11:03 PM

I’ve never used them (I’m just a hobbyist), but I know a lot of pros use a branding iron.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 12:43 AM

Go to a craft shop. They sell a product for decoupage. It sprays on and prevents inks from bleeding. Sorry I don’t remember the name of it.

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 01:57 AM

bruc101…thanks for posting that website. I love the pictures and videos from Early American Furnishings.

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 02:49 AM

I just use a Sharpie AFTER I apply the finish. No blurring, running, etc. I put in an inconspicuous place not subject to wear.

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 02:55 AM

Branding Iron and a fine sharpie. I have also been know to use a metal engraver (but I can’t grip like I used to)

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 02:58 AM

No problem Wayne. They’re very informative. That ole boy just lives over several mountains from me..the way the crow flies.

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 03:05 AM

Another option is a set of stamps including numbers 0 through 9 and letters A through Z. It would give an easy way to date your projects, an option that most branding irons don’t have.

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 03:34 AM

I use deposit slips.

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 01:40 PM

Sharpies and most magic markers will cover with a spray on water base finish like Minwax Polycrylic, thats what I use when I use sharpies to sign my work. Spray it on first over the sharpie then apply your finish over that. I also brand my work with a brand I made myself.

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 01:49 PM

Mike, that’s what I was looking for; water based product. It’s an “ah ha’ moment of why didn’t I think of that.
My signings are more personalized where a branding would be impractical.
Thanks for everyone’s response.

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 01:50 PM

On antiques we look for old pencil markings and notes for historical clues to the builder. It seems that the simple carbon pencil marks have and can last for hundreds of years so why not continue that tradition?

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#14 posted 03-09-2012 01:59 PM

I deal with architectural antiques, And like Mike said, pencil marks really never fade. I find marks, notes, signatures all over the place. A lot of woodworking manufacturers used to glue paper labels on the backs too. They would have The name of the client, the company that made it, wood types and any other necessary details. Intact labels on mantles, closets and the like are actually a big selling point for us

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#15 posted 03-09-2012 02:36 PM

I use a rubber stamp tool. One push and my name is applied. I cover with spray on lacquer.

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