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Glass Etching Workshop

NOTE: I haven't done this class in years, and we have new equipment I'm probably not familiar enough on to teach this… If someone wants to step up and take it over get in touch with me! — Pete Prodoehl 2019/12/03 18:21

You will learn to make an awesome drinking glass (or beer mug) with your name, logo, artwork, or… something, etched into it using the sandblaster. We'll start with artwork in a vector graphics program, cut vinyl using a Silhouette Cameo, apply the vinyl to the glass (and mask off the rest of the glass) and then etch it by blasting sand at it.


Instructor: Pete

Cost: $10 per person.

Materials: You will be provided with the vinyl, transfer paper, and a glass or mug. If you want to bring your own glassware, feel free. We won't limit you to doing just one piece, so within reason (and based on how much material we have on hand) you can do multiple pieces.



You must be a member of the Makerspace to take this class. If you really want to take this class anyway, a month of part time membership is only $40, lets talk!

Physical Abilities

You should be able to use a computer. If you can't, we will assist you. You should also be able to stand up and stick your arms into the sandblasting booth. If you can't do that, we'll figure out a workaround.

Previous Experience

If you've used Inkscape or Illustrator or CorelDraw, it'll come in handy, but if not, we'll walk you through the process of preparing artwork that the Silhouette can handle. (Note that creating new art or extensive file editing may be beyond the scope of this class.)


If you have a laptop feel free to bring it. Install Inkscape if you want to get a feel for it. Otherwise, if you've got Illustrator or CorelDraw, those will work. (Anything that can create a vector file.) You can also create your design right in Silhouette Studio. You can download it for free and get started today. (Sorry, Mac OS X and Windows only. No Linux version.)

Safety Gear

You'll be in the shop area for part of the class, so use your common sense for being in there.

Notes is a great source of vector artwork, all public domain, that you can use in your designs. If you're not skilled at creating vector artwork, just download something from there. :) It may still need a lot of work to function properly, but it's a starting point.

Upcoming Classes

Interested Members

  • jason g.
  • Kathy
  • Kevin B
  • Brian Harper (non-member)
  • Michael Goelz
  • Milka Stojanovic
  • Lamont Thomas
  • Joe Baker
  • Amanda S

Previous Classes

December 21st, 2013 - 1pm - 4pm

  • Audrey
  • Ben N.
  • Jim K.

December 14th, 2013 - 1pm - 4pm

  • Vishal
  • Aaron K.
  • Joseph B.
  • Char B.
  • MattN
classes/glassetching.txt · Last modified: 2019/12/03 18:22 by raster