SET-UP: Includes measuring, font sizing, kerning of font, clamping of piece in engraver, test engraving of piece and determining hardness of piece. Set-up is a process that usually takes 15-20 minutes for common items.
Engraving cost per letter: Is the actual engraving of the piece. Some pieces have to be engraved multiple times depending on the piece. (Characteristic of piece including hardness of metal, how thin material is and shape of piece). Engraving a piece can take from 10-30 minutes depending on item location.
Multiple engravings on same piece: Every different spot on a piece that is to be engraved requires a secondary set-up which takes time to re-clamp, measure and text engrave.
Risks: If item to be engraved is of poor quality, the engraving work is at the customer’s own risk.
Plating Flaws: If Silver/Platinum/Chrome/Brass plating is of poor quality or flawed, the engraving will cause the plating to chip or flake off. Diamond tip cuts into material and if there is a poor contact between the plating and the base material, it may flake off (Rare Occurrence). -Some pieces have a very thin coating of plating (ie: Silver plating) When the diamond tip cuts through the plating, it may show the base material which could be a different color (ie: copper, brass etc.)
Items not on list or oddly shaped items: $25 Set Up, 50 cents per letter. Add $5 for second side.