This is my ‘broadcast booth’ where I tell a short list of subscribers how I do things. How I charge for things. How I think about the things I do. Now, I’ve hit the wall and want some feedback from anyone getting and opening these frequent babbles about hand-engraving Calligraphy with a dental drill.
A few days ago, a woman called and asked if I could do two gold shot glasses. Told her I could. She brought them and I asked some questions. Here’s what I learned:
• They are hand-made. Solid gold. No plated stuff here. Heavy. The real deal.
• Made as a 50th birthday gift for a close friend of the couple giving them.
• The giver’s secretary…my contact… told me they gave them to someone to hand-engrave them. I saw a photo. Block letters poorly done. Words were too large for the pieces. The givers’ names were twice the size of the recipient.
• They had the pieces melted down and recast. No idea what that cost.
• They HAVE to be sent FedEx to Los Angeles by 5:00 this Friday.
• The cost of the two, hand-made pieces: $17,000. Yes, $8500. each.
It will take me about 90 minutes to do the layout, engrave it on flat glass for layout purposes, and engrave the pair.
What should I charge?
Use the comment block and let me know. Time is short. She brings them back tomorrow morning for pick-up tomorrow afternoon.
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