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Forum topic by WoodSailor posted 05-17-2018 12:21 PM 611 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2018 12:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood burning branding project bottle opener

Hey I have a question.

I am making some bottle openers out of Roman olive wood, and I took a fire brand and branded them with some print. The branding worked but the heat changed the color of the wood around the brand (made it darker). I can’t really sand the darkness away without risking loosing some of the softer parts of the brand (where it didn’t burn as deep).

Is it possible to bake the wood at a low heat (like 200 in the oven) and get the rest of the wood to darken to match the affected area?

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 12:49 PM

always practice on same type wood scraps prior to doing it on the really good material.
I had the same experience with a smaller branding iron and found that “sweet spot”
where the graphics burn the wood but not the surrounding area. for your issue, I think that:
1 ~ the iron is too hot
2 ~ you are leaving it in place for too long
3 ~ you must apply a straight forward 90* force without rocking the iron like you are branding a cow.
4 ~ the face of the iron must be perfectly flat. run the iron over a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface
to check for any uneven spots. a metal object as large as what you have could warp with heat.
5 ~ the wood has to be perfectly flat also – without any kind of oil or finish on it.
try the above steps and you will find that “sweet spot” that works for that particular wood.
other woods will vary with heat and application time.
you should have stopped after the first two and investigated the issue before ruining so many.
the excess may or may not sand off – you will have to try that and see how it goes.
as for baking in the oven @ 200, you will have to try one to check that for yourself. (I doubt it will work).
learning is easy – you have to pay for experience


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#2 posted 05-17-2018 01:40 PM

You might try torching the wood. Lightly, at first.
Search Google and you tube for the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban for more info.
Using that technique before branding might be your answer.

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