I made these Pittsburgh themed drinking glasses out of recycled wine bottles. 

I made it at TechShop.

These were etched on the Trotec Speedy 300 laser engraver.

Step 1: Supplies Needed

1. Safety Glasses

2. A silicon oven mitt

3. Empty wine bottles

4. A 5 gallon bucket

5. A copper scouring pad

6. A glass bottle scoring jig. I used Ephram's Bottle Cutter Kit that I purchased from Amazon. I've also seen a lot of homemade jigs on Instructables as well.

7. A stock pot. Here is the one I used.

8. A small towel

9. Ice cubes

10. Sandpaper. I used 60 grit, 80 grit, 120 grit, 180 grit, and 320 grit. 

11. A TechShop membership (for access to a laser engraver with a rotary tool).
<p>Great design! </p><p>Must try laser marquetry with ImagePaint software by Amazon Canvas.</p>
Great idea, kudos. I sure hope the Rooneys don't see the 'stillers' logo!
Nice image of the Cathedral.
I posted the first tutorial for wine bottle glasses:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Drinking-Glasses-from-Wine-Bottles/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Drinking-Glasses-from-Wine-Bottles/</a><br> <br> In it I use an etching cream for the designs so you can definitely get some good results without the laser.<br> <br> I have also tried cutting with a laser and you have to realize that the laser can't cut the glass, only score. &nbsp;Even if you tried to use it to make your cutting score line, it is very rough since the laser creates thousands of micro fractures along the laser path. &nbsp;Using your traditional glass cutter will yield a better score/cut.<br> <br> After cutting over 100 bottles, I have found that the best way to separate the bottles is to use a hot/cold water bath. &nbsp;Dip the bottles in near-boiling water for a few seconds and place immediately in ice water. Repeat until the bottle separates.
Good stuff. <br> <br>How tough are they in comparison to a similar size (glass thickness etc) &quot;off the shelf&quot; drinking glass?
It depends on the wine bottle you use. I made a few (not shown in the tutorial) that were at least as think as regular drinking glasses. These were made using Charles Shaw (3 Buck Chuck) bottles which are significantly thinner than regular drinking glasses. That said, they are pretty durable. They all seem to be dishwasher safe, although I can't guarantee that all will be.
I would add one thing to the end of the instructable though, after the laser etching. As it's not actual etching, in the sense that it eats away material, you will end up with very fine glass dust, and sometimes depending on the glass really small glass splinters. These easily make it into your skin if you're not careful, or god forbid into your system when using the glasses. To prevent that it helps a lot to take a stiff brush to clean off the etched surface under running water to get rid of all the loose glass. <br> <br>Nice instructable though, gotta love them lasers!
nice ! <br> <br>thanks for posting.
Could you use the laser to mark the initial cutting line? Forgive my ignorance.
That's a good question. I haven't tried using the laser to score the bottle but it seems plausible. I'm going to try it eventually; when I do, I'll let you know.
Yes, please PM me. <br><br>Anyway, I have not laser, so I could not use that possibility.
Could you elaborate on the laser cutting process for those of us who don't live near a TechShop?
These are beautiful! <br> <br>And, even without a laser cutter, you can make some really cool coloured glasses!

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