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Swarovski champagne glass

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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. 
 
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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:
Great Instructable!!! And may I say, I do love the final picture. Round of applause!!!
Flecks (author)  lawn_mower_man9 months ago
It is indeed a pretty good picture :) A very nice final touch :)
Jak259 months ago
Sweet work! I think the reason I feel left out of so many Instructables is that they seem completely doable... IF you have access to 3-D printers, lathes, unusual materials, etc.... and money doesn't hurt, either!
Flecks (author)  Jak259 months ago
I get what you are saying, i feel exactly the same way.
However, in this project, the 3D printing was just for fun, product development so to speak. The machined parts was made by a friend, exactly because i did not have access to that tool.
I know the materials might seem unusual, but then again, a set of champagne glasses, 2 glass tubes, crush some glass for the stones, and any way of holding it together and you're done... I wanted mine to be as close to perfect, so naturally my materials and methods got correspondingly more complex, but it's a matter of choice.

In my eyes, an instructable is not necessarily a final recipe, but more like an inspiration, tips and tricks for other similar (and completely different) projects.

........ And i am a broke engineering student, so no, money would definitely not hurt :)
Jak25 Flecks9 months ago
No, no, I get that about how you were able to get some steps accomplished. It's just that, the more I look at really cool projects on this site (and others), the more I'm seeing equipment and methods that are several big steps up from what they were just a few years ago. What it really means, of course, is that I need to step up my game if I want to try my hand at some of these.

And I agree, Instructables shouldn't *necessarily* be taken as fixed steps. As I don't have the mind of an engineering student, though, I tend to want some hand-holding with the processes. Which is especially frustrating when some authors toss off steps like, "and then, just do this complicated thing, and you're done!" (I've actually seen Instructables like that.)

Anyway, nice job on doing something different.:)
Nemweb9 months ago
Awesome ideia!
Flecks (author)  Nemweb9 months ago
Thank you very much :)
Todd Gehris9 months ago
Nice job! I have a box of graduated pipette tubes i've been tring to figure out a way to use. You may have inspired a geek version of this.
Flecks (author)  Todd Gehris9 months ago
That sounds so cool! If you do make it, please do me a favor and post a photo! Best of luck :)
dianedehart9 months ago
totally awesome! wish my dude would do something like for me!
petercd9 months ago
This looked so good in the first pic I thought it was some advertising spam. :)
Flecks (author)  petercd9 months ago
That is just about the biggest compliment I could wish for, thank you very much!