can I put my item (glass, metal, wood) in the dishwasher?

CAN I PUT MY ITEM (GLASS, METAL, WOOD) IN THE DISHWASHER?

The short answer — NO! Here are the suggested wash instructions for specific kitchen items:

Engraved Glassware: This item is dishwasher safe technically, but I DO NOT recommend it, for fear that the delicate etched design will crack. If your item has metallic paint fill (silver, gold, rose gold), then it should only be hand washed and dried with care.
Wood & Marble Cheese Board: Hand wash with damp sponge or towel, but do not submerge in water or place in dishwasher. If wood becomes dull, the finish can be restored with mineral oil or wood conditioner.
Stainless Steel Drinkware: I work with high-quality S'well brand drinkware — here are very specific directions from the company, but the general care instructions are to hand wash with soapy water or baking soda, and never place in the dishwasher.

will my metal bookmark tarnisH?

WILL MY METAL BOOKMARK TARNISH?

My engraved bookmarks are pure quality metal. Copper items may tarnish with age — that is just the nature of the material. My bookmarks have been treated with a special spray called Incralac to prevent tarnishing, but the shiny color still may age. Some people like the look of tarnished copper! But if you prefer a super shiny bookmark, any copper polishing compound will return it to its original state. I'd recommend removing the ribbon before you use chemicals on the metal.

If you're concerned about tarnish, then copper simply may not be the best choice! I offer bookmarks in aluminum (silver), which are easy to maintain and will not tarnish. For cleaning aluminum, wipe with a non-abrasive cloth and mild soap or vinegar.

can i order a custom design that i don't see on your website?

CAN I ORDER A CUSTOM DESIGN THAT I DON'T SEE ON YOUR WEBSITE?

Yes, you certainly can inquire about custom designs! I love a good challenge! A few things you should know about the process:

  • I am an illustrator, so I can pretty much draw anything! However, please keep in mind that my pricing for custom work is calculated by complexity — if a design is very complicated, it will take me longer to custom draw it, which will increase the pricing of your project.
  • Custom projects may take up to 3 weeks before the item ships, factoring in drawing time and approval process.
  • My process includes creating a digital proof of the drawing before I engrave, which will need to be approved by the customer. While this is a great process so you see the design ahead of time, it does take longer!
  • All custom projects must be 100% paid in full before any design work begins.

Please email Ren directly with custom design requests: hello@renandink.com

will you engrave an item I already own?

WILL YOU ENGRAVE AN ITEM I ALREADY OWN?

It's possible! But I will only engrave an item you own with my hand drill, and not the laser machines — believe it or not, I have more control over the drill because the laser machine needs a lot of measuring, input, and testing.

Some items that I am super happy to engrave by hand are:
  • glass perfume bottles
  • wine and liquor bottles — but NOT bubbly, as there is always a risk of bursting a bottle under pressure
  • most metal items — such as flasks, coated or uncoated steel bottles, etc.
  • special glassware that you've purchased

I'm very sorry, but I choose to NOT engrave heirloom items that cannot be replaced. I also choose to not engrave guns.

Pricing for engraving services starts at $45 (this does not include the object or shipping), and may increase with the complexity of the project, as well as the value of the item. Please email Ren directly with engraving requests: hello@renandink.com


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