The other side of Calligraphy – Hand Engraving

Introducing the “other side” of Just Write Studios: Hand Engraving using a dental drill!

While we are usually posting pictures of pretty wedding calligraphy and “day of details”, a great deal of our time is spent hand-engraving. From 2003 until recently, you could find us engraving messages on perfume bottles at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and other department and gift stores.


While we still do perfume bottle engraving on occasion, most of our focus has switched to working with private clients, corporations and alcohol distributors. Each week, clients bring their one of a kind items to our studio for hand engraving. It’s normally items that can’t be engraved by a machine. We like to say we’ll engrave anything that sits still for too long. Most kinds of crystal and glass along with some metals have come through our doors for personalization. Below is a picture of hand engraved mirror escort cards for a DC wedding. The wedding planner set them on a bed of moss and they looked amazing!

Mirror Escort Cards, Mirrored Place Cards

For the past 2 years we’ve worked with alcohol vendors and liquor stores across the DC, MD, VA, PA, NY and DE to do onsite Liquor bottle engraving events. In addition we are always taking orders for groomsmen gifts and other one of a kind engraved bottles.

Engraving Johnnie Walker Black Label

Another one of our specialties is doing on-site event event engraving for corporations, as well as engraving for wedding receptions and other special events. People just love to interact with us and enjoy watching the process unfold right before their eyes. As you can see, we engrave almost anything you can imagine. Send us a message and let us know how we can turn your gifts into treasured keepsakes.