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This instructable describes how to make a laser etched wine bottle that can be used to bottle your own home made libation, as a flower vase or whatever application you find for wine bottles.  I make my own wine at home and decided it would be nice to use a laser etching machine to create an artistic etched label to make the presentation more attractive than printed stick on labels.  I dp not have a laser etcher at home therefor I made it at TechShop (www.techshop.ws.) The following items are needed for this instructable.

1) Laser engraver (all TechShop locations)
2) A rotary attachment for the laser engraver
3) Software for designing the bottle "label"
4) A non-scratch scrubber for cleaing the final product
5) Wine bottle opener
6) Measureing tape

Associated TechShop Classes:
1) LAS101: Laser Cutting and Etching SBU
2) LAS201: Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU

1) Bottle of wine

Step 1: Empty a bottle of wine

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You do not want to use a laser engraver on a full bottle of wine--the results could be disasterous.  First empty a bottle of wine using your preferred method.  I like to drink mine.  Wait at least 24 until your hang over is gone (not necessary if you poured it down the drain--fool.)  Once emptied be sure to rinse the bottle and remove the label so the laser only meets the surface of the glass and not paper or glue.
PapierdeLys made it!4 months ago
made a bottle with banana leaves and a set of glasses with a lotus flower design