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  1. Kaitain4

    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I want to get tags for all my trees and thought some of you might have recommendations / pics of some nice ones. I don't want the tags to look like something you would see in an Arboretum, since this is my home. I prefer a subtle approach - something low key that blends in rather than stands out. Is there such a thing? I saw some in a catalogue that were shiny white metal - way to garish; and some that were cheap plastic, which will not last in this climate. I want them to last a good while. Suggestions??


    Thanks!!!
     
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    whis4ey Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Home made?
     

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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    How did you make those? Is that burned into the wood or stenciled on?


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    whis4ey Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It is a 'Brother' stick on laminated label
    Little block of hard wood varnished, a 4 inch nail through the block as a 'pin', and then attach the label
    They last very well :)
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If you want something cheap and simple, write with a soldering iron on thick plastic tags. Very durable.
     

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    what model brother do you use--i have found that the print fades after a season or two even using uv tape--
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    You can also look at the tags made by Lee Valley. I quite like these ones, both because they are inexpensive and because they look good while being quite unobtrusive. With Chinagraph pencil on zinc, they last a really long time too. If you think that matte white metal is too flash, they also make lovely copper tags that are definitely permanent.

    I've also had good success cutting up soda cans, punching some small holes at the edges, putting two legs of 16-ga bailing wire through them, and writing on them with a Chinagraph. Of course, now that I live down here, I take advantage of inexpensive brass engraving and have botanical garden-style tags for most of my plants.
     
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    whis4ey Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    P Touch 2420PC is the Brother machine I use
    I have seen no evidence of fading as yet (a couple of years)
    This is the wooden blocks in the making
     

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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Lorax,

    Those zinc ones don't look too shiny. I think the grey tone would blend in quite well, so I'll try some of those. Thanks!!
     
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    thanks for the info--really like your system--is there a special tape that you use in your 2420PC--regards--jrh
     
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    The tape is 1 inch laminated white ... I think they also do one with a stronger adhesive but mine is sticking it fairly well, if you get my meaning :)
     
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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Sam,

    I have seen the technical description of the 2420PC and it seems that, as delivered, it does not operate with Windows XP (nor Vista), which one do you use?, can you download the drivers for XP?

    Gomero
     
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    whis4ey Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    When I bought this I has XP installed on my computer and it worked just fine, so I don't understand your source of information
    When I replaced the computer last year the new computer came with Vista. I had to download new drivers from the Brother site but it was no big problem. I am quite sure the drivers for XP are available from the Brother site
     
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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Sam,
    thanks, I've just ordered one.

    Gomero
     
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    prairiestyle Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I've also purchased one, a Brother pt-2700. What type of varnish do you use on the wood?

    Your tags are quite nice, I like their simple yet formal appearance.
     
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    whis4ey Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I use yacht varnish or exterior polyeurethane, whichever I have to hand
    I use any offcuts I have of a good quality hardwood (mahogany, beech and white oak are the bits I had to hand)
    This is one from mahogany (my spelling of Atropurpureum has already been pointed out to me :))
    I print out the label and then cut the wood to length to suit the nametag, drill a hole to just fit the galvanised nail as shown in the above pic, countersink with a larger bit size (the size of the nail head) and glue in a piece of dowel to hold the nail in place. Sandpaper, stain and varnish (sometimes a couple of coats) and then attach the label
    So far they have done very well for me
     

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