AnniesHours

Personalized Custom Engraved Gifts -Many Under $25

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania · 9419 Sales

AnniesHours

Personalized Custom Engraved Gifts -Many Under $25

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 9419 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Ann

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Announcement   Hello! Searching for a unique gift for that someone special in your life? Looking for something that will really show how important they are to you? Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, or just to tell someone how special they are, Annies Hours is your year round gift shop! To see samples of my work, visit the picture galleries on AnniesHours.com or my Facebook page!

Announcement

Hello! Searching for a unique gift for that someone special in your life? Looking for something that will really show how important they are to you? Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, or just to tell someone how special they are, Annies Hours is your year round gift shop! To see samples of my work, visit the picture galleries on AnniesHours.com or my Facebook page!

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All Engraving is NOT Created Equal !

en•grave
transitive verb \in-ˈgrāv, en-\
: to cut or carve lines, letters, designs, etc., onto or into a hard surface

I first discovered the joy of engraving back in the late 90's while employed at a local jewelry store. Under the guidance of a Master Jeweler, I learned many of the styles and techniques used by engravers in the past, as well as some of the current popular methods of today. The differences between the old and new methods are in some cases huge! I am old school - I only hand engrave, which does limit the materials that I can work on to metals such as gold, silver, steel, pewter and most base metals.

Hand Engraving:
Hand engraving is an old art that has changed little since it began. To hand engrave, the artist uses a hand tool called a graver to cut permanent lines into metal. Since the design is actually cut into the metal, hand engraving requires skill since there is no possibility to erase. Engravers can change the design to alter errors, but once a line is cut into the metal, there is no way to remove it.

The other tool used for hand engraving involves using a pantograph. A pantograph is a device with a mechanical linkage connected in a manner based on parallelograms so that the movement of one stylus, in tracing an image, produces identical movements in a second stylus. In simple terms, the right hand uses the one stylus to trace the pattern, while the left hand uses the second stylus to apply pressure to the item, transferring the pattern to the item.

Hand engraving is fairly easy to learn - but does require a great deal of practice to do well.

Some other methods are:

Rotary and Computer Assisted Engraving:
Rotary engraving can be done using motorized pantographs or very complex computerized engraving machines. Rotary engraving is a routing process, accomplished with a motor-driven cutter. You will see this type of engraving used in many commercial and industrial works.

Computer assisted engraving is pretty self explanatory - the operator places the item in a holder, then uploads the desired text or design into the computer, and presses a button to start the process. The computer does all the work, so it's easy to do and doesn't require a whole lot of skill.

Laser Engraving
Laser Engraving is accomplished through the use of a laser beam and a computer. This method allows for engraving on all kinds of materials from brass to titanium, leather, wood, acrylic and glass. Being connected to a computer, it offers a wide variety of fonts, and it is quick and easy to produce items in bulk. Again, the computer really does all the work, so there's not much skill involved, just money, as these machines are quite expensive.

There are a few other methods of engraving - there are gravers that are run by an air compressor, there are bits that can be used in motorized hand tools, and it can even be done with a hammer and special chisels.

Why does the method used matter? Each method will produce different results. With hand engraved items you will be able to feel the engraving - it is cut into the metal. With most computer engraving, it's more like the design is printed on the item, so it may feel smooth. With laser engraving, the design is burned onto the item, and again, may feel smooth to the touch.

There are many shops offering engraving services, but not many that actually engrave by hand. So, how do you determine what type of engraving you will get? If they engrave on wood, leather and pretty much anything, they are using a laser and computer. If they are offering to engrave your pictures on items, they are using a computer and special printer.

I hope that I have given you some useful information about the processes of engraving. To me, it's a form of art, an expression of creativity, and a way to express true emotion. I love helping people give gifts that are truly special and personal!

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    Hello! I am Ann, and it's nice to meet you! Thank you for taking a moment to read my story and learn a little about my craft.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 19, 2016
Welcome to Annie's Hours! Personalized gifts become cherished heirlooms and give you the opportunity to show how much you treasure the recipient! Great gift ideas for anniversaries, new babies, weddings, bridesmaids and groomsmen, retirements, graduations, father's day, mother's day, grandparent's day, valentine's day - any special day. Engraving is included in the purchase price. Samples of letter and monogram styles are shown with each listing. If you are having trouble choosing a style and would like to see samples first - just ask. I am happy to provide samples so that you are happy with your purchase!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal and direct checkout payments only.
Shipping
I will engrave your purchase within a day of receiving your order, then I ship your order the next morning. I will always send a confirmation of shipping along with a tracking number through the Etsy system. Please make sure to double check your shipping address - I ship to the address you provide through Etsy - returned packages will have to be re-shipped at your expense.

Generally I ship orders via First Class Mail, but also use Priority mail on occasion. First Class takes 2-3 days for delivery to most states. Deliveries to some areas take around 4-6 days.

International shipments may be subject to Customs, VAT and/or other fees or taxes for which the buyer will be responsible.
Refunds and Exchanges
Engraved items cannot be returned unless they are damaged during shipping. If shipping damage occurs, please contact me immediately so we can resolve the issue!
Additional policies and FAQs
Please be sure to include engraving instructions and which lettering style you would like when checking out - include information in the "NOTE TO SELLER" area. If you do not choose a letter style, I will choose one for you. If you do not want your item engraved, please make note of that so it doesn't delay my processing of your order. Be specific with your instructions - double check your message or inscription - it will be engraved exactly how you give it to me. Also, PLEASE PLEASE make sure that you give me an email address that you check REGULARLY! If I have any questions I will need an answer before I start working on your item. If I do not hear back from you it delays your shipment!

More information

Last updated on Feb 26, 2017
Frequently asked questions

I want to personalize my item, how do I tell you what I want?

Place the item(s) in your cart, then put your engraving info in the area labeled 'Optional Note to Seller'.

Do you have letter styles for me to choose from?

Yes, the letter styles are shown in the last picture of each listing

How soon will you begin working on my order? How quickly can I get it?

I will engrave your order within a day of receiving your order, then ship the next morning. Delivery in the US takes 2-4 days, depending on which state you are in. International delivery time varies by country.

A One day turnaround? How can you be so fast when other shops take 7-10 days?

I stock all of the items that you see listed in my shop, and I do all of the engraving myself. This allows me to process your order quickly!

Can I see a proof of my requested engraving?

I do not use a computer or a laser to engrave, I do all of my work manually, so I cannot offer a proof.

Do you offer discounts if I purchase multiple items?

I generally do not offer discounts - I do all of my work manually, not with a computer or laser, so each engraving is given my time and attention.