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How do you mark or personalise a bow?
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Gordon Shumway
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I've got a Col Legno Standard and a very good Chinese copy of one. The Col Legno has its name in white, but it's rubbing off. When it is gone, it will be hard or impossible to tell the difference between the two bows visually, so I want to mark the Col Legno somehow. (I already have in my head the pertinent question, Can you tell the difference musically?). Perhaps marking the Chinese bow instead would be more sensible?

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Personally, I was thinking to mark the Chinese bow and leave the good bow as is. 

Maybe, if you have one of those wood burning engravers with a fine tip, you could burn whatever you want to mark it into the wood.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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If you know someone with a laser engraver with a side port, you could engrave it.

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If you are confident about your hand-script, use a soldering iron to perform pyrography. 

If it smells like roast chicken, you're hold the iron incorrectly 🙂

Peter

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Peter said
.....If it smells like roast chicken, you're hold the iron incorrectly 🙂

Oh man, don't remind me !!!!   

I am definitely not noted for my tidiness, although I *do* try to keep my work areas "safe within reason" and attempt to actually concentrate on what's going on around me, rather than having tunnel-vision regarding the project-in-hand.  When the thing that's in-hand happens to be the stem rather than the handle of the soldering iron, aye, well...  enough said (only happened once, I might add)

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And yes, in answer to Alf @Gordon Shumway - yeah as @Peter said, a steady hand with a good temperature settable soldering bolt could, at a push be used !  Or indeed one of these (don't know if they are still available) "Dremel" miniature (model work things) drill/router combo - again, free-form with a steady hand, or following a pre-marked legend, I'm sure that would work nicely - you could then fill-in the cut-out grooves with black/whatever marker and varnish over.

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I would put a dot of fingernail polish on the tip of the frog screw.  I use a sand color.  Actually Sally Hanson Hard as Nails.

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Well, they are carbon bows, not wood, although the frogs are ebony.

The varnish/fingernail polish idea might be best. I might have some that I used for guitar playing, but if so, I haven't seen it for years. Tippex is possible, although not that hard-wearing.

Talk of chicken reminds me that in the 70s my hobby was amateur radio, and I tended to use valves a lot in construction projects (the solid state stuff didn't really catch on with me - too much like black boxes), so I had a 6V, fairly high current, power supply, and I once accidentally shorted it, and that piece of wire went through the tip of my little finger like a hot knife through butter, lol.

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Gordon Shumway said
..... so I had a 6V, fairly high current, power supply, and I once accidentally shorted it, and that piece of wire went through the tip of my little finger like a hot knife through butter, lol.

 Ohhhh...  I FEEL the pain !!! LOL

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(1) Create your design in your most comfortable paint program in a contrasting colour

(2) Flip the design horizontally

(3) Print the design using a laser printer

(4) Iron onto the substrate

(5) Wash off the paper by soaking in water and worrying it away with a foam sponge

(6) Pat dry with tissue and spray with polyurethane lacquer.

Sample, on a Chinese tele headstock. Your project will obviously need to be in a very small font:

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A little more invasive than the technique listed by peter.  You could type your name onto a section of an old fashion stencil, secure it to the stick with tape, and apply a stain remover contain a dilute solution of floric acid (Twinkle comes to mind).  A similar method is used by car dealers to mark windshield glass to deter theft and bilk funds from customers.

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Oooh.

Take care with HF (hydrofluoric acid). I worked for some years in the semiconductor industry; HF is bad boy number one (and a fantastic etchant).

I'm wondering if the stain remover would in part remain on the stick, and keep on dissolving lignin until stoichiometry was attained. It may be enough to damage the stick.

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MrYikes said
I would put a dot of fingernail polish on the tip of the frog screw.  I use a sand color.  Actually Sally Hanson Hard as Nails.

  

I think this would be what I would do if I needed to mark one.  A'll good ideas though.  Some seem a little more technical but hey..whatever works and you feel good doing.

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@Peter and others.  I would not consider the method on wood.  I thought the bow in question was carbon fiber.  

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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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Irv said
@Peter and others.  I would not consider the method on wood.  I thought the bow in question was carbon fiber.  

  

Heh!

I'm showing my age; attention span is declining.

I concur @Irv but I would stand by my cautionary note on HF-based cleaners - they would be washed away by they maelstrom in a clothes washing machine.

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You know, I think I could even just put some cellotape around the Chinese bow - maybe with a slip of paper under it to say what it is.

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