This one was done all by email so I may not have the facts perfectly straight, but here’s what I got from the conversation.
The old boy had some quirky little sayings that the gkids grew up hearing time and time again. The Mom..my customer… wanted each grown-up gkid to have a glass with one of the sayings. Nothing like sipping bubbly reminiscing times with the grandfather. Maybe at family gatherings they can all sip and recall and read the other glasses.
I told the customer via email that I proposed putting on my 3M tape baseline in a smooth curve wrapping around each glass. She approved. I shot from the hip and guessed where the message…mostly 8 words each…should start so as to wrap around its glass and finish on the other side. The whole job was fairly random in its production that took all of about 40 minutes. Actually took longer to unwrap the multi-layers of bubblewrap and brown paper, and repack after engraving, than it took to do the actual engraving. Total time was 50 minutes. Fast and easy. I’ll leave the fee on this one for a phone call or email if you’re curious.
It was one of the most unusual jobs in a long time. I used two brand new #4 round carbides…3 glasses for each.
LESSON: Go buy a few glasses at Walmart….many choices at my store. Four for 5 bucks. Get creative with your own quotes, toasts, limericks, and set them on your table at the next county fair, church bazaar, or rodeo where you might have a display of your work and drill ready to personalize a batch of blank ones from the supply you brought, under the table.