What is Custom Branding Irons?
Custom branding irons are used to mark materials like wood, leather, rubber, plastics, cork, paper and more. It is considered the most convenient way to mark your products. While most of the Woodworkers, beekeepers, leather crafters and artisans prefer custom branding irons UK for brand identification and promotional purposes most of them don’t know how to use it properly.
How is it Made?
Branding irons consist of two parts: a branding die and a branding iron. The branding iron is the tool which heats up, and it is used to press the die into the material leaving a mark, the branding die is attached to the branding iron which consists of a logo, signature or trademark.
5 Factors For the Successful Mark With a Custom Branding:
While making a branded mark with custom branding irons UK with handheld or drill press, there are 5 factors that you need to consider while making a successful mark.
The simple and clean design works best in branding your product. Complex or highly detailed work can lead to less satisfactory results. Custom bronze dies are the far best type of material used for making die. No matter how complicated the shape of your logo is, the bronze material can adopt any shape with ease.
It is important to apply force evenly from each side in order to ensure deep and even impression.
Temperature settings differ from the product material to be branded. Generally, rubber and leather branding temperature is 300 to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Hardwoods from 760 to 860F and softwoods from 660 to 760F. The custom branding iron made by Hamilton Rand comes with the optional regulator which controls temperature to get consistent results.
The Depth of Brand:
If dwell time is more the more you need pressure, which will give you deeper mark. The depth of the mark is depended on the application demand which varies from customers’ requirements and the desired appearance.
It is the contact time between the custom branding die and the product material to be marked. It depends on the time taken by the die to build the temperature and the burning or melting temperature of the material.
Additional tips to Maintain Branding Irons:
- Keep the face of custom branding irons smooth and free from rust.
- When it reaches the higher temperature, do not drop or bang the surface unnecessary. Some of the metals like steel get soft if you force them on the metals which are beyond the capacity of branding irons plates.
- The surface of branding should be cleaned and dry before you go to give an impression on it. The wet surface often leads to messy impression or your branding iron gets destroyed.
- When you finished with branding, Make sure to clean the die and coat it with the oil to avoid rusting and store it properly.