First you need to purchase a gong. You can email or call us and let us help you discern the best gong to get to show off the image or words that you want to put
Any regular English letters or numbers we can do without much from you. We have many fonts available. Take a look at dafont.com. It is best not to choose a font that is very curvy, or looks distressed, etc.
If you want your business logo engraved, we need them in a file format called "eps"... your graphics dept or computer pals can help you with this. (JPEGS just don't usually cut it. Though we can do Adobe Illustrator files and PDFs usually.)
We ALSO can take certain images and prepare them, redraw them with our highly trained monkeyboy and hellokittygirl artists, for engraving into an eps file, but it adds a little to the price because of time.
Let's be clear, the engraving service takes a LITTLE EXTRA TIME. Most of the year the whole process takes an extra week. At certain parts of the year our engravers are so busy, it can take 10 business days. NO OVERNIGHT ORDERS for engraving! Sorry. But it's not that expensive!
PLEASE NOTE: We always do art proofs of what you are getting engraved before we touch the gong, however these proofs are not for free. They cost us money. Please do not ask for a free art proof before you purchase the gong. If you must have one, the price is 20 dollars, which can be applied to the engraving if you go forward with it.
General Gong Engraving Fees:
To give you a GENERAL idea of cost...
It all depends on the time it takes them to do it. Complex designs can cost more.
*For simple designs the engraving fees are usually from $65 to $80 USD.
*For more complex designs, or larger gongs, the engraving fees can be about $75 to $100 USD.
*Some really complex layered designs cannot be done. This is a simple on-off design thing. You cannot do subtle shadings.
Once again, it depends on how complex the art work is. You could have a large gong with simple artwork and it's not too bad... Or a small gong with difficult art and that would be more... Or one where we had to process a lot of artwork for you.
How we charge for your gong and the engraving:
We usually process engraved gongs with two charges. One for the gong and shipping, to begin the process and art proofs, and then a final charge once we know the engraving cost.
Because engraving is based on time! Not size or design.. and that changes with each item. Our estimates above are usually right on. We have been doing engraving of gongs since 2005, so we know things, and we totally keep you in the loop the whole way.
Engraving can't be done on every gong we sell. But MOST of our gongs can be engraved, if you want.
If you're interested in engraving your gong, call us with questions at 402-474-GONG, or please email us by filling out the form below and we'll answer all your questions!