A laser etcher will do wonders for the project, just make sure to keep the output power low to keep it from curling (their precision is unbeatable). Also, another cool approach with a bit different result would be to do a chemical etch on it. Either way, pretty doable!
metis wrote:just a lil unsure as to if it'd muck with the stainless factor too much.
This much I can answer... that won't be a problem. Stainless steel is stainless all the way through; it's not like you'd be stripping the chrome off. And you wash the etching compound off when you're done.