The couple getting this had some hooch fit for a king. The ‘sticker price’ retail is $559.; of course it can be found for less money when shopping around on line. This bottle came to me from a local customer who wanted a classy wedding gift.
I chose to put the engraving on the same slant as the bottle name in the center. The first line was with a #2 round carbide bur. The names were with a #3. The date was with the same #2 with slightly less pressure to make smaller, lighter letters. Filled with Antique Gold Rub ‘N Buff, the job took just under 12 minutes and was for a fee of $85., or a tad over 15% of the bottle value. When the retail of the bottle is over a hundred bucks I bump up my fees. If I blow the bottle, I get to drink it. Of course I have to get my head back on before I go to the local retailer and shell out the cash to replace the bottle. And I must admit, I’ve consumed a few mistakes!
Though we don’t do spirits bottles in our Seminars, the technique is the same as wine bottles; everyone gets a thorough lesson on all aspects of wine and spirits bottle engraving with two wine bottle projects in the class.
The August class is filled. We have 5 seats left in September, 5 in October, and 6 in November. Class details here.
The last quarter of the year is bonkers for engraving bottles and the pay is excellent!