Custom branding irons can be super expensive for leather or woodworking. These are great for putting a small logo somewhere on your product. So what's the alternative? Make your own!
if you want to go super cheap all you need is a really, really big nail. That's what I used to make my first branding irons to put my armadillo logo onto my leather products and used it for years. You can make a simple wood handle for it and just heat it up on a gas stove. Simple and cheap. You can also use it as a stamp for veg tanned leather.
But it I was tired of heating it up like that so I customized a store bought Walnut Hollow wood burning tool called the versa-tool
. You can buy this product at Michael's craft store or online for $29.99. It comes with a bunch of useless points that you probably won't use but some are useful. The newest model has variable temperature adjustment which they didn't make when I bought mine. You definitely want the one made for wood burning because the cheaper models don't get hot enough. This project modifies the transfer point
which is a round disk shaped tip. You can also use the tapered point that comes with the brand for pyrography. Check out my video for that here