Making woodcrafts can be a hobby or a full-time profession. Either way, if you have allocated effort and time in creating your piece, it deserves a mark that identifies you as the craftsman.
Personalizing your wood crafts is more than just a way of branding; it’s much deeper than that. It is more of taking credit for what you have made and making it unique.
Aside from that, a distinctive mark that represents you will let other people know who you are. So, if making wood crafts is your business, this mark can potentially spawn opportunities in the industry.
If you’re thinking about how you can easily personalize your pieces, there are many different ways you can choose from. Here are four ideas and tips on how you can easily sign your woodworking projects;
- Get a branding iron.
The branding iron is a tool used by many artists when signing woodworking projects. So, if you find this ideal, the first thing you should do is order a customized branding iron. You can put your signature, initials, or whatever mark you want yourself to represent yourself. You can also add details like “Hand Crafted by” above your personalized mark.
After acquiring your branding iron, try it first on scrap wood so you would know how much pressure and how much time you will need to achieve a perfect result. After getting your ideal outcome, you can now brand your signature into an unfinished spot on your piece.
Another tip is quite familiar and within reach for a craftsman: engraving. You will need a powered engraving tool with a fine ball-nose bit to sign the wood easily. This works best if you just want a simple mark with your initials and the date of creation.
Try it out on a few scrap kinds of wood until you learn how to control the tool perfectly. Just keep in mind that you should follow the grain of the wood.
- Customized metal or wood medallion
You can also purchase a customized wood or metal medallion that has your initials or signature in it. You can also choose the size that you want. Just see to it that you won’t overcrowd the medallion. The simpler, the better.
First, cover the area that you want to place your medallion with masking tape. Drill a hole with the depth and width perfect for your medallion’s size using a Forstner bit. Stick the medallion using epoxy, and you’re done.
- Use a permanent marker.
This last method is a swift and easy way to put a signature on your piece. But, it is not as elegant and neat compared to the other methods. All you need to do is choose a marker in any color of your choice. Sign your project on its ideal spot before finishing the entire piece. After doing so, make some final touches by applying a clear woof finish on the top of your signature by using a brush. As simple as that.
Overall, it is really up to you how you want to sign your craft. Any method stated above are all ideal ways on how you can take pride in your piece. What’s more important is that you can deliver its purpose.