Step 4: Steel Cups

I can unfortunately not tell you how these were made, since i had them made by a friend. 

The important thing is to make sure the cavity that sits out toward the base and top is deep enough to sit over the stem leftovers, and of course that the glass tube fits in the hole.
I had them made in stainless steel, since there is a good chance they will be exposed to water and other fluids over time. 
I got 4 identical, but as mentioned the hole was to big, so i had to put in an aluminium sleeve inside. The aluminium tube was chamfered to approximately fit the angle of the steel cup. This was done by simply filing and sanding it down. 
Great Instructable!!! And may I say, I do love the final picture. Round of applause!!!
It is indeed a pretty good picture :) A very nice final touch :)
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!
I get what you are saying, i feel exactly the same way. <br>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. <br>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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>........ And i am a broke engineering student, so no, money would definitely not hurt :)
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. <br> <br>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, &quot;and then, just do this complicated thing, and you're done!&quot; (I've actually seen Instructables like that.) <br> <br>Anyway, nice job on doing something different.:)
Awesome ideia!
Thank you very much :)
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.
That sounds so cool! If you do make it, please do me a favor and post a photo! Best of luck :)
totally awesome! wish my dude would do something like for me!
This looked so good in the first pic I thought it was some advertising spam. :)
That is just about the biggest compliment I could wish for, thank you very much!

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