Thursday, July 4, 2013

Make8760: Ribbon etching of pint glasses

For the last few years I've been making custom etched pint glasses as thank you gifts for friends, family and shipmates. I've designed and etched about 200 glasses. Most of these have been etched on one side. Today I started playing around with a ribbon design that wraps the entire glass.

Previously this approach would have been difficult due to using a type of sand blasting technique tool called an air eraser. An air eraser is similar to an airbrush. Large area etching took lots of time because of the need to constantly refill the air eraser "media pot". I'm now using a light sandblasting gun that feeds directly from the bottom of my blasting cabinet -- no refilling.

I really like how these look on the shelf, look from the top, and feel in the hand.

This design is a door prize for a 4th of July party thrown by a high school friend.

More to come soon...