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Old 08-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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So my friends are coming over the 11th to sample the first beer I've made, an IPA. To commemorate the event, I thought I'd do something special. I bought a bunch of plain pint glasses and decided to customize them as gifts. So I made a design to use as a template, bought some contact paper and glass etching paste and went to work. What you'll see is the initial design, followed by the end product. Our group of friends call each other the "DPs" (short for dude pals, it's from an old episode of aquateen). I paired those letters with a stock barley graphic. I also cut out the initial of my buddies' first names and put that in the bottom of the glass to use as a nucleation point an to customize them for each guy. The first one turned out beautifully, the picture really doesn't do it justice. I thought I'd share with everyone as a cheap and relatively easy - although time consuming - project.



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Old 08-01-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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Found a video showing the process:


 
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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looks great!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:02 PM   #4
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done and done!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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How does the etching at the bottom of the glass work? I tried with the Armor Etch and I'm not getting much nucleation from the etching at the bottom. Just curious.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:42 PM   #6
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How does the etching at the bottom of the glass work? I tried with the Armor Etch and I'm not getting much nucleation from the etching at the bottom. Just curious.
Good question. I just finished one yesterday and haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I'm hoping the etching will be a good enough widget to cause nucleation, my thoughts though are that commercial glass widgets are laser etched which probably creates a deeper or rougher surface area. All I've got at home right now is bud light (don't judge me), but as soon as I try it out I'll update this thread and let you know. I'm sure it's effectiveness would be related to how much co2 is dissolved in the beer too.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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Yeah, let me know how it works. How long did you keep the paste on the glass to etch the bottom? I'm wondering if another application on mine for a longer amount of time will help. Thanks
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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Yeah, let me know how it works. How long did you keep the paste on the glass to etch the bottom? I'm wondering if another application on mine for a longer amount of time will help. Thanks
10 minutes total. You might be onto a good idea though, keeping it in there longer to help create a deeper etch. The only concern I had about going past 10 minutes was that the acid would start dissolving the plastic, which could screw up the design.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:51 PM   #9
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I guess that is the difference with mine. I just put a dab of paste at the bottom...no design or lettering. I think I did 10-15 minutes. We'll see. I'll also post when I try it again
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #10
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cool... great idea and a pretty good gift in my opinion. well done.

 
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