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Huey 04-22-2010 07:20 PM

DIY Pint Glass Etching
Inspired by the carboy etching thread I decided to make some custom etched pint glasses. We're going to be having a month long party for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa this summer so we needed pint glasses. Custom individualized pint glasses. Lots of them.

I cleaned out two Dollar Tree stores of their pint glasses. You can order cases from them online and have them delivered to a store but there is a $6 handling fee.


38 total. The two closed boxes are full of pint glasses. :rockin:


I printed out the logos I wanted onto transparency sheets. They came out gray rather than black so I printed two of each:


And taped them together:


Next I created a holder for the logo and a cut out section of StencilPro Hi-res using a piece of glass from a picture frame, some leftover black velvet, a scrap piece of particle board, and two clamps.

I assembled it all working in a dim room since The StencilPro material sets in UV light. I then covered it all up with a towel, carried it outside, removed the towel, and exposed it to sunlight for about 20 seconds. Then the stencils go into a bowel of water for ten minutes.


Then you just rinse them and gently rub on the areas where the sunlight was blocked to remove the material from the stencil mesh giving you a completed logo stencil:


Details on the StencilPro: StencilPro Instruction PDF

Huey 04-22-2010 07:21 PM

Next you just tape the logo on to your glass making sure it's exactly where you want it and that it's sitting tight to the glass. Then brush on the etching cream:


Put it on thick and move it around every so often for ten minutes. When done scrape excess cream back into the container since it can be reused and rinse off the glass and stencil. Once the stencil is dry you can start the next glass.

Complete glass with logo on one side and a numbered jersey on the other:



Depending on what's in the glass and the lighting the logo doesn't always show up as well as I'd hoped but they're still pretty cool.



Price break down:

38 pint glasses - $41.61 w/ tax
10 oz Armour Etch - $16.91 shipped from joann.com after 50% off coupon
2 - 8.5x11 sheets of StencilPro Hi-res - $26.40 shipped (I only used one sheet and I made up two stencils of the logo and the jersey.)
Foam brush - $.57 from Lowes
Masking tape - $2 from Lowes

Which comes out to $2.30 per pint glass and I have leftover materials to etch my carboys.

Bjornbrewer 04-22-2010 07:24 PM

very nice!

ThreeDogsNE 04-22-2010 07:24 PM

Fantastic! I vote for making this thread a sticky!

ScottyBones 04-22-2010 07:41 PM

awesome! had no idea you could DIY this

machinelf 04-22-2010 07:55 PM

Sweet! They look great--thanks for the writeup! :mug:

Mose 04-22-2010 08:08 PM

That is incredible, I see some glass projects in my future.

chrispykid 04-22-2010 08:12 PM

Very cool. Will probably attempt some iteration of this. Anybody got ideas about what paints would work instead of the acid? It would have to adhere well the glass and stand up to repeated cleanings...

Huey 04-22-2010 08:26 PM

I don't know about paints. The nice thing about etching the glass with acid is that it isn't something that will come off in the dishwasher.

Let us know if you find something.

springer 04-22-2010 08:39 PM

Very nice work


Originally Posted by ThreeDogsNE (Post 2020661)
Fantastic! I hope I see a sticky coming!

Dude might want to rephrase that :D

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