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Topic: Famous Author etched pints (Pic heavy!)  (Read 2600 times)
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« on: September 22, 2010 01:25:17 PM »

I made these pint glasses as a Christmas present for my new fiance (!), who has excellent priorities: me, literature, and beer.  (Possibly not in that order.)  Each glass features the name and portrait of one of his favorite authors: Dylan Thomas, Jorge Luis Borges, Samuel Beckett, and J.G. Ballard.  Here's the finished set, from the front and back:

I've been planning these for awhile.  To make them, I found some internet photos on which to base my drawn silhouettes, cut the silhouettes out of contact paper, and used some ready-made adhesive stencils for the names.

Dylan Thomas:

Jorge Luis Borges:

Samuel Beckett:

Beckett was a pain--I got etching cream on the sides of the glass and had to redo him three times.  Perhaps his nihilism was infectious.  Grin

J.G. Ballard:

And, just for fun, a little bee shot glass I made for myself with the remnants of the etching cream:

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010 02:40:33 PM »

Very nice! A very creative gift.

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010 02:03:35 AM »

As an avid reader, I can really appreciate these glasses!  Very nice!
she goes la
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2010 01:47:16 AM »

lovely outcome!

i'm not sure i understand how you did that... you said you cut the silhouettes and used ready made letters - but i'm not sure i understand how come you got the positive and not the negative of the letters.
i mean, i guess the letters are like stickers that shows the alphabet, but if you stick them and then use the cream - wouldnt it be like the etching is outside the letters, and the letters themselves are clear?
(while your letters are etched and the outside is clear...)

thanks !
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2010 11:45:04 AM »

Thank you for this idea! I came across this post & thought it was a great idea, so I made two sets this Christmas for two of my brothers-in-law, one with famous movie directors and one with famous economists. Have given the first & it was well received. Thanks again for the inspiration!
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2011 10:29:37 AM »

That's so cool!  My dad is a professional writer and these would be fantastic.  I really admire your technique too, they all look so clean and well done.  My etchings tend not to turn out so well.

Looking for postcards from anywhere to use for RSVP cards for my 8/2012 wedding.  Have 80/200.
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