Hey all, regarding all the discussion about glue sticks, labels,
etc., I recently “discovered” (a student told me about it) a fine
point marker pen that writes on metal and doesn’t rub off easily.
Now I can draw my design directly on pre-polished metal. If you let
it dry for a couple seconds, it is remarkably durable and rubs off
only with effort. It cleans up readily with acetone. I’ve only
found it at an art supply store, so don’t bother with office supply
stores. Sterling Art Supply in Irvine, here in Southern California
carries it. I’m told that it’s a pen that was used for marking on
mylar back in the days of overhead projectors. This miracle pen is
PILOT ultra fine point permanent type NO XYLENE SCA-UF
It costs $1.59, I seem to recall. Give it a try!