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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum - 'accessories' maybe.
I would like to have a small branding iron with a personal signature - I guess that would make it a custom branding iron. So far my search has told me this is simply something that is out of my price range (out of my price range? Not uncommon for me, but that's ok). Are there any suggestions of places I might check? Thanks!
 

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I couldn't justify the cost of a branding iron, so I had a rubber stamp made . It works quite well if you stamp the piece prior to the clear coat. It obviously doesn't work as well in really dark material. Cost was ~ $8 ten years ago. I drafted it in Powerpoint, and sent it to a stamp maker.

 

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Here's mine. I think it is a great way to sign your work. I think I paid about $30.00 for this but I can't remember. I ordered from a place that makes them for branding meats with scholl logos and the like. If I can find the website again, I'll drop the link here.

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I m not sure if this is the correct forum - accessories maybe.
I would like to have a small branding iron with a personal signature - I guess that would make it a custom branding iron. So far my search has told me this is simply something that is out of my price range (out of my price range? Not uncommon for me, but that s ok). Are there any suggestions of places I might check? Thanks!

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I got the Rockler electric branding iron as a Christmas gift and I love it - but it's only customizable with your name (not the overall design), and it may be among the more expensive options. (I'm a hobbyist, so I don't need anything customized to the point of being a trademark.) On the other hand, it's really easy to use and it works well - just plug it in, wait for it to heat up, and then apply with a little pressure.
 

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I have the Rockler Electric branding iron as well and it does a nice job most of the time if you know how long to leave it in place. Depending on the wood species, it's sometimes hard to tell how long to keep the iron in place as each type of wood needs a different amount of time. If you put it in place and it's not a long enough amount of time you get a very light branding that's hard to see and you won't get it exactly in the same place if you re-apply the iron. Leave it too long and it scorches the branding too much making it blurry. I try to just rock the iron up just far enough to see what the brand looks like and either take it off or rock it back in place for a few more seconds. You get better with it with practice.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I'm just a hobbyist myself and certainly no need for a trademark either. Now a days I consider buying tools pretty much the same as buying myself presents. Oh well - it keeps me out of the bars (for the most part).
 
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