Can You Etch It – Drinking glass

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I will engrave a drinking glass.

Glass fractures slightly when struck by a laser.  The result of that fracturing is a frosted appearance.  If you would like to read more, check out this post on laser engraved glass.  The great thing about laser engraving is the flexibility of the design that can be accomplished and the repeatably possible with computer controls and designs.  Imagine the look on your friend’s face when you bring them a laser engraved glass personalized with their initials, business name, or quotation.  I can almost guarantee that you will get the prize for the most unique gift given.

Why a drinking glass?

Glass is one of my favorite materials to laser engrave.  The results that can be accomplished are very interesting.  Of the many objects in our lives that we often personalize, a drinking glass is often at the bottom of the list due to the difficulty but with laser engraving, it is possible.  The accuracy of a laser creates the possibility for matched sets, especially in small numbers.  You could have one glass made or one hundred, all the same.  Imagine the possibilities for gifts, business give-aways, and your own personal collection.

Here is a video of the glass being engraved by the laser.  It took a couple of minutes to finish.  The video is played back at a little over 1.5x normal speed and lasts about a minute and a half.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: a drinking glass, industrial labelinga baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.

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Have a great weekend.

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