Monogrammed Pint Glasses

As a holiday gift for our friend Alex last winter, E and I made this set of frosted, monogrammed pint glasses.

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The typefaces used here are, from left to right:

We chose these typefaces for their variation in style and color.  Here’s how we got them onto the glasses.

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First, we printed out the letters and cut them out on top of a sheet of contact paper (with the backing left on).  My favorite effect of this technique is that you end up with both a stencil and a sticker.

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Next we applied the negative shapes left behind by the letters to the glasses.  To position any free-standing parts like the counter of this “a”, you can temporarily slip the positive shape back into the negative shape and use it as a guide.  After that, we masked the rest of the glass with tape and scrap paper, and sand-blasted them for a few seconds to frost the exposed surface.

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Pretty simple!  Also, cheap: E found the glasses at a thrift shop for something like $2 each, we used less than a square foot of contact paper and tape, and the sandblaster was borrowed.  This is definitely a technique I’d like to revisit in the future—sandblasting is one of my favorite surface treatments for glass and metal.  Maybe I’ll post what happened to the leftover stickers later.

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