OK, found some pictures. I used Altoid tins, cleaned off all the lettering and such on the bottom, sprayed with a coat of primer, inked designs on them, followed the lines with a sharp pointed tool, etched, cleaned the primer off, and viola. Etched designs. You can get some fantastic detail this way. If I were making a branding iron I would leave the lines covered, clear the primer off between the lines, so when it was etched the lines would stand out and burn the wood, giving you your design.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.