The last few weeks I've been making my own branding irons by cutting some angle iron from old bed frames and welding them into letters.
I'd gotten pretty good (in my humble opinion) and decided to take it up a notch.
I went down to the local farm and home store and got some 1/8" flat iron that I could bend a lot easier than thicker bed railing. With the thinner material I was able to bend loops and more intricate designs, so I thought about a logo for the bee hives and wooden-ware.
The brands are always backwards on the branding iron, so what you see above will turn out facing the opposite direction when branding something. This was sometimes tricky to keep straight (orientated in the direction I wanted) in my head when I was welding the image onto the plate.
Below are some images I took while practicing the new brand on some items.
Branding onto a leather glove.
Branding onto the super treated with linseed oil.
I'll probably brand my existing bee boxes that are painted. I'm wondering if I should cover the branded logo with something like clear spray shellac to re-seal the exposed (burnt) logo area of the wood to keep it weather treated?