Turn a line drawing your friend made on a piece of paper into a customized tumbler.

1.  A dozen glass tumblers ($10 at Bed Bath and Beyond)
2.  Art work (My friend texted me a line drawing me she made, and I cleaned it up in photoshop and illustrator)
3.  Lasercutting machine with Rotary Attachment (which requires a special class at Techshop)

This video gives you a quick overview of what you'll be doing.

I made it at SF Techshop!

Step 1:

The nice thing about etching on a glass is that you can pretty much use any high contrast pixel image.    You don't have to turn any line into a vector.

Cleanup In Photoshop
So basically, I imported my (low resolution) image that my friend texted me from her Iphone into Photoshop.
I opened it in Photoshop, used the magic wand tool to remove the tan background, zoomed into clean up the edges with the erase tool.  
Import the image into Illustrator
I imported the image into Illustrator.  When you open illustrator you want to make the canvas size the same as the surface area of your glass.  I'll talk about that in the next step.  
Thanks jrharari! They're incredibly easy to make - if you make any please post the project so we can admire what you've created!!
it's beautiful!

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