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!
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!
- All 185
- Engraved Card Cases 15
- Engraved Cigarette Cases 19
- Engraved Gifts 18
- Engraved Jewelry 65
- Engraved Jewelry Boxes 11
- Engraved Key Chains 11
- Engraved Medic Alert 5
- Engraved Money Clips 10
- Engraved Pill Boxes 14
- Engraved Pocket Watches 17
skpandrus on Mar 28, 2017
Beautiful and well done. Love the heart charm as well.
dukrat on Mar 26, 2017
Exactly what I wanted and hard to find.
All Engraving is NOT Created Equal !
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 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 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!
Owner, Maker, Designer
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.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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
Additional policies and FAQs
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.