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Forum topic by mzimmers posted 12-30-2012 11:53 PM 864 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2012 11:53 PM

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I’m making a small item for a friend, and in anticipation of doing other projects for friends and family, I’m thinking I’d like to leave my initials somewhere on my work. I’d like to hear if/how others do this.

Whatever I do, it needs to be something small, simple and not time-consuming (no ivory inlays here). What does anyone think and do about this?

Happy new year, too!

-- M. Zimmers

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 12:30 AM

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 03:19 PM

I’ve written a couple of small notes on gifts using a sharpie. I put them on the bottom side of a door. I doubt the owners have seen them.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 03:29 PM

I remember reading somewhere that the poster glued a penny with this year’s date next to his signature.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 10:56 PM

Depending on what finish I use, I take a Sharpie permanent marker or a Sharpie Enamel marker (find easiest in an art store. Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, etc.) and put my initials or a personal logo on the back of the object with year under it. Also, a pencil underneath a finish works, too.

Permanent markers are alcohol based, Enamels are not – If you finish over your signatures, both can be affected by finish solvents depending on what base they use. Test on scraps first. If you wait until final finish s dry, it doesn’t usually matter.

-- ajh

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 11:01 PM

I stamp with my two Chinese seals in the red seal ink, one is my single name, the other my married. It confuses a lot of people, but I have always signed my art that way, and had to go all the way the Beijing and Taiwan to get them.

-- Who is John Galt?

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