etched stemless wine glasses - i made it at techshop - custom stemless wine glasses
This year's Christmas gift, family members of a couple want a shot-free wine glass.
Instead of using standard crates and barrel glasses (
I use it for etching)
, I decided to etching custom wine glasses with one logo and the other Vine design.
Thanks to the high resolution spiral laser and the relatively flat sides of the Crate and Barrel glass, this result is at least as good as I would expect.
This is what I did at the tech store in San Jose. www. techshop. ws. I used a grape-
Vine design on one side of the glass, but you can use any design you want --
As I learned in this project, you don't need a vector file to etching the glass, you just need it to cut, and in any case, cutting the glass with a laser will not work.
The first step in creating a design is to find a pattern or image, or create a pattern or image yourself.
A quick Google image search vector while I'm looking
There are some very good designs based on the graphics of the vines, but none of them are my favorite
So I made a lot of edits to the existing design to get my pattern.
While you don't need vector graphics, it does make scaling work fine.
After you pick out the image you're going to use, make sure you turn it into a "laser-friendly.
"To do this, convert the image to black/white, not just grayscale.
If you haven't done this before, in Adobe Illustrator, you can change the color scheme to grayscale and then use the select by color tool to select the entire background area, and click back select under the select menu ".
This will select all the content to be etched and then you will want to draw black.
Make sure you realize that the color will actually be reversed
The etched glass is white and the red wine/black beer/most other drinks are not, so if you want it to look right, the etching is usually a black and white thing that requires you to switch colors.
On the rotating attachment on the laser, the laser will rotate the workpiece as it goes, but it will treat the workpiece as flat, starting from the upper left corner, starting from the angle of the image design.
Therefore, the top of the glass is on the left side of the layout, and the top of the layout is the starting point where the laser starts to rotate around the glass.
On the Crate and Barrel, the circumference is 8.
64 ", so the height of your design is 8. 64 inches.
If you are using a different glass, remember that when rotating the attachment to rotate the top of the glass, you need to measure the distance at the top of the glass, not the average distance.
Also, keep this in mind when designing your graphics
On a beer mug, you may want to extend the right side of each object (
This is actually the bottom)
Explain a little bit that it is compressed on the glass.
Whatever you want to etching, the last note to the graphic design of the rotating attachment is: if there is a cone, don't draw a line around the glass, or something else that has to be lined up.
Text wrapping is also a bad idea if at the same font/same level.
Due to the possible dust on the rotating accessory drive wheel, uneven friction from the rear support wheel, defects in the glass, and the old dose of Murphy's law, you will never have a line to line up.
In my original design, I used a 7px line at the top and bottom of the glass and it looked terrible.
The design I decided was (
Same, but no line)
It may not have gone yet, but you can't say it.
1/16 "it is only obvious when your design is pointed out, but when it is pointed out. . .
To actually etching the glass, you need to use the rotating attachment in the spiral laser cutter/etcher.
If you don't know how to install the rotation tool, please someone will teach you how to install it, because it is easy to damage the machine because the installation is incorrect.
To etching the glass, place it at the opening end on the left side of the laser (
With drive wheel)
On the rotating attachment.
Remember, before you do this, when you press the focus button where the rotating attachment is installed, the laser moves the focus to the left side where it thinks the workpiece should start, if the table is too high, the workpiece and/or lens will be broken.
Focus the glass in the center of the glass and disable X-
Y to check manually to ensure that the laser does not hit the workpiece.
If so, you may need to move the table down, place the gasket below the left side of the rotating tool in order to lift it a little and then lift it againFocus.
Use the height adjustment on the right side of the rotating attachment (
Bottom of glass)
, Make sure the top of the glass is as close to the level as possible.
You won't be able to level it completely due to the shape of the wine glass --
It doesn't matter, just as close to it as possible, focus to near average height, again make sure the laser mirror does not hit the workpiece.
When the workpiece is set and the laser is focused, you can print the design.
Under the printer settings, make sure that vector cutting is disabled using a raster only.
I used 600 dpi, 90% power and 45% grating speed on a 60 W laser
The recommended 55% does not apply to wine glasses because it is not focused enough.
After etching, clean up the pieces with a soft cloth to remove the pieces of glass that will now cover it.
Don't wipe it off with your hand or your hand will itch for the next week --
You only made a mistake once.
Your workpiece is now finished and the dishwasher is as safe as before --
Unlike printed glasses, etched glasses do not wear out over time.