A unique addition to your bar!
I was playing around with bottle cutting and glass etching and made myself a glass which I actually really liked drinkng from. It was definitely not of a quality I would sell but this wasn’t my intention.
The glass itself was cut from a vodka bottle. I experimented with grinding the lip by hand and with a power tool (which is why it ended up with a smooth but undulating edge!)
The base was plain white plastic but really not as solid as I’d have liked. I did nothing with the stem so it just had the Smirnoff metal sleeve on. We had some black & white string come in as part of an order and thought it might look good wrapped round. I did like this but it was a bit untidy where the string sunk into the recesses from the screw section at the top.
So what's different from the original?
Making this takes time and really is a labour of love.
The first step is to cut the bottle, then grind and polish the lip by hand (as I found a power tool didn’t give the finish I wanted). I take it from through grit papers from 120 to 1500 to get a finish I'm really happy with.
Making the base
To make the base more substantial it's covered in a layer of white resin. This is left to cure for 24 hours. The graphics are then put on this and then the whole thing covered with a layer of clear resin and again, left for 24 hours. Once the resin has cured and become solid, I’ts then sanded until edges are smooth.
The stem is covered with a black and white string but I wouldn’t be happy selling these with the this being 'bumpy' like on my original. So solve this white resin is poured on to the neck and rotated continually for 12 hours to fill in the area of the bottle neck where the string would otherwise ‘dip’. It's then left for a further 12 hours to cure completely and become solid.
The string is then wound on and set with a sealant. This was then re-coated with a dishwasher safe sealant (although I do still recommend hand washing the glass and base)
Glass etching or vinyl
The final piece of the glass is applying the grahics and there are now 2 options, Etching or Vinyl
Etching gives the affected area of the glass a permanent 'frosted' finish, achieved by chemical reaction. It's fairly subtle so, if you prefer something that stands out a bit more then we can use a permanent, outdoor grade vinyl instead (see pic for example on different glass.
We have several graphics to choose from but we can personalise with a name or other graphic on request too.
A great additional item!
One last thing.. I used the same graphics I used on the base to create a matching coaster with a checked border.
The time taken to make these will mean a 1-2 week turn around.
During the process, we will be in touch to make sure any customisations are correct and will send updates if appropriate.