First of all, response to the BigShots has been enormous! Thank you all for the interest and enthusiasm for these. I thought they were cool as hell but I never know what others will think of thise stuff and you all have made it plain that you like them too. So thanks for that. :)
They are running shot glasses right now and they should have a pretty good pile of them for me on Monday or Tuesday. However, as always seems to happen, the shop is bumping me on Tuesday to run another small job which has a deadline attached. Supposedly they will resume running shot glasses the following week and you can be sure I'll be on top of it holding their feet to the fire. I'm really hoping they will finish the run completely in the second phase but we shall see...
So what I will probably do is go down the list in the order that people signed up and email them a buy now link. Seems like the best and most fair way to do it. Not sure yet if the release will be on Tuesday because we are also evaluating if we want to do a passivation step or not and the samples by which I will determine that will be back to the shop on Monday. Passivation is a process where the part is cleaned and then dipped in acid to remove any free iron particles on the surface of the metal leaving only chromium, nickel and other trace elements. It's not mandatory but it seems like it might be a good idea as long as the cost is minimal which it is supposed to be.