How to Create Your Own Branding Iron

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How to Create Your Own Branding Iron
Branding steaks is one use for a homemade brand. (steak image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Branding irons are simply pieces of metal that you heat and use to brand, or sear, a material. You can brand leather, wood, cloth, meat and even skin (although that is not recommended). A simple and creative way of making your own brand is to use a piece of metal coat hanger. With a few tools, you can create your own unique branding iron for whatever purpose you choose.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Hammer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut off the twisted hook section off a wire coat hanger with a pair of wire cutters. Throw the hook away.

  2. 2

    Pull the rest of the hanger into a straight line with your hands and use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to make it even straighter.

  3. 3

    Leave 12 inches of one side of the hanger for your handle.

  4. 4

    Draw a design on a piece of paper that approximates the size and shape of the brand you want to create. The line must be continuous: Do not lift your pencil off the paper.

  5. 5

    Use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to twist and bend your hanger into your design. Make the design flat by hammering it against a solid surface. Bend the handle so it hangs off the brand part at a 90-degree angle.

Tips and warnings

  • Hold the iron over heat for at least 60 seconds before attempting to brand anything.
  • Hold the brand with a piece of cloth or oven glove when heating it to prevent burns on your hand.

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