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I am going to turn pens this year for Christmas gifts and want to put everyone's initials on the pen I make them...What do you guys recommend for accomplishing this? I would prefer to use something that will not vary from piece to piece, like a alphabet set or something....
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If you go to a hobby store, they have sheets of what looks like gold leaf...you lay it on the work and write whatever you want and it comes out on the work...if you print well and consistent...that would look good, and you have to finish the pens anyway. just an idea
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Woodcraft has had in the clearance on the website for a while now pen kits with initials plate inserts that go in the top of the cap.
As for burning them in it should be under the finish, I think if I did personalize any pens I made I would use a sharpie under the finish and make sure it was dry before finishing. If ya burn it in it will add a texture to the pen and from my experience ya want the pens to be smoooooooth and sleek, silky feeling to the touch.
I just ordered a couple of special made kits and some special wood when it gets here I will take PICS dabull and when we run into each other on aim I'll tell ya about how I make mine do a step by step for ya.
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Heres what I do for my goods:
First I find the text I like in a word document...then I size it just right and print it.
carbon tissue
trace it on and then burn the transfer in. The carbon also makes it really nice, since the black adds to the burn.

Another variation is to print your text backwards, a mirror image?
Then when you have it sized how you like it, print it.
Then you can skip the carbon tissue part and with a bburnisher (lol...pencil) you can lay the text just where you want it on the pen and rub the back of the printed paper...it will appear on your pen like magic and then burn it in.
Hope that gives you some options Great idea for gifts
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what tool would you use to burn it in?
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Most name brand burners have a tip that is for writeing ot printing. a small ball tip
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Using Keoma's idea of printing the text in mirror image and Kenny's idea of using fine writer or ball tip would be a good solution. Colwood's MC is good or the B1 ball tip. Razertip's 9P or .008 ball tips are other options. I'm not familiar with the other brands writer/ball tip options.
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Instead of using carbon paper try a charcol pencil and just rub it well all over the back side of the text. Then use a ball point pen and trace over the text and it will transfer. The carbon can get messy, and who doesn't have a charcol pencil laying around .
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Hello,
I am going to turn pens this year for Christmas gifts and want to put everyone's initials on the pen I make them...What do you guys recommend for accomplishing this? I would prefer to use something that will not vary from piece to piece, like a alphabet set or something....
I really don't know what would be best to use sorry I cant be more of a help to ya,but my initials are KDE. LOL
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Instead of using carbon paper try a charcol pencil and just rub it well all over the back side of the text. Then use a ball point pen and trace over the text and it will transfer. The carbon can get messy, and who doesn't have a charcol pencil laying around .
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I dont
Not arguing, but I have never had carbon paper get messy, but this is also a good idea. Thats how I make my own patterns.
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