Picture of Vintage (Nudie) Barware
In mid-century terms, the ideal female body image was the hourglass figure with large breasts, a small waistline and ample hips.  Full breasts with a waist-to-hip ratio of .7 was considered a "heavenly" body type.

With the Playboy Club making it's debut in 1960, this Instructable shows how to use stencils on glasses and coasters to reflect the party-a-go-go attitude from that period.

Let's get this party started....

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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Applying stencils to glass or paper requires an exacto knife, contact paper and of course an image.  

While one can cut a silhouette image and place it directly on the barware, I have included extra steps in case you want a more permanent display.

To Stencil and Etch the Glassware:
  • Exacto Knife
  • Contact Paper
  • Nudie silhouettes pulled from "QT's" font by Dan Zadorozny of Iconian Font (non-commercial use) demonstrated with letters N and X  
  • Clear glassware without a pattern or design - I used pilsner (beer) glasses and wide tumblers
  • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
  • Armour Etch (glass etching) cream, rubber gloves, eye protection
  • Sponge Brush
To Stencil Coasters:
  • Exacto Knife
  • Two Colors/Patterns of Contrasting Contact Paper
  • Nudie silhouettes pulled from "QT's" font by Dan Zadorozny of Iconian Fonts (non-commercial use), as demonstrated with letter H and :   
  • 4" Round Coasters (or thick cardboard)
parisusa1 year ago
These are great. I love vintage items! They remind me of bar glasses my parents had from the 1960's - pin-up girls whose dresses would disappear when condensation gathered on the glass! Cute bikinis underneath!
I like these a lot, I used the same method to make personalized beer mugs for my dad last Christmas.
kcli (author)  troopersmachine1 year ago
Yeah, it is a fun way to personalize a gift. I am now hoarding jars and thriftstore glassware to show friends how easy it is to do.