This is a very fancy set of champagne glasses, made by me.
I did unfortunately not take too many pictures while making this, but i will try to explain as good as possible.
The reason i made this set of toasting flutes (as i believe they are called), is because when my girlfriend and i were in Austria once, we were in a Swarovski store, and she saw the glasses in the second picture. She absolutely fell in love with them, but the pricetag was very heavy, so neither of us could afford them. That's when i thought "Well, then i could make some"
And so i did.
Step 1: General plan
My initial approach was to try and melt glass together, but it failed pretty bad so i had to make it another way.
I decided to try and 3D print the "cups" that would hold the stem to the base and the drinking part. To print it, i had to draw the whole thing in SolidWorks, and since i had access to a printer at school, i did a lot of trial and error. When i finally had a set of decent cups, i wanted to paint it, so it would look like metal. I went through a ton of different kinds of paint, but had to give up, because the best i could get was something like cast aluminium, not shiny like i wanted. Damn..
I needed a new way, and my choice fell on turning a set of cups. I don't have a lathe, so i had a friend make them for me in stainless steel, but unfortunately he read my drawings wrong and made the hole 8mm instead of the 6mm diameter my glass tubes are, and that was the last of his stainless steel stock. More thinking...
I ended up buying an 8mm diameter 1mm wall aluminium rod, that i could use as a sleeve inside the steel cup, that would be able to hold the stem straight.
That was the basic process, and now for the detailed version: