I'm thinking of making a wire tree where the branches will be named/tagged. The problem is the branches will be grooved by the twisted wire, so I'm not sure what technique will give the best results for making the letters. Things like etching and tinting come to mind but I don't know if it is a good idea at all.

(I haven't chosen the metal yet.)

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    Can you explain what kind of letters you are thinking about? As it stands, there seems to be no direct relationship between the wires having grooves and the letters. And my next question is probably addressed by that clarification as well, but what do you mean with "etching and tinting come to mind"? Are you suggesting etching the names in the wires?
    – Joachim
    Jun 6 '20 at 11:31
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    This question is definitely straying into opinion territory. OP is fishing for creative ideas, not trying to solve a specific art or craft issue. Hasn't even selected the materials yet. Eg. better SE question is to ask after deciding to run the text along the branches how to etch said letters onto metal wire.
    – rebusB
    Jun 6 '20 at 14:26
  • @Joachim Here is an image of a wire tree I found on the internet to illustrate the idea. I need to put names on the branches somehow, but I don't know how to go about it, because they are not smooth,(mine will be larger, but still).
    – user18849
    Jun 7 '20 at 8:33
  • @user18849 Please take the tour and have a look at the help center, especially crafts.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask. We still don't understand for what reason you want "to put names on the branches" or what requirements you have for those names. Is this supposed to be a physical representation of a family tree? Do the names need to be written on the branches themselves or could you hang name tags fron the branches? How long / big do the names need to be? Please edit your question to provide more information, so our answers will suit your problem.
    – Elmy
    Jun 7 '20 at 12:29
  • @user18849, etching or carving ito twisted wires like that wont work very well. If you go too deep, the wire will get cut and fall apart. Trying to etch across multiple wires will leave it looking distorted, and trying to etch on one single strand would be almost impossible, and barely visible. I think that either painting on it or using a laser to burn it would be the best idea. If you just happened to have a laser etcher in, you could try that, but paint or burn/wide etch would work better. Jun 7 '20 at 21:39