Sharpie stained glass, and some odds and ends
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Joined Oct 21, '15 


I’ve been experimenting with etching away the back side of glass mirror coasters i picked up from the thrift store.



Pretty simple process, just masked the backside and etched it like a normal mirror. Removed the masking and then used my sharpies to color them in.


There was a small amount of bleed through on the outside edge because the divisions were so small between the segments that some of the fractures in the glass compromised them.
Took going over them twice to get a nice color. Once they were all filled in I gave it 2 light coasts of clear coat and then one heavy coat once they were dry to give it more of a rippled feel.

This was my first test at etching the back side of the same kind of coaster. Wanted to make something for my older bother and he is into star wars. Made a simple pattern from a photo i found online and engraved a base out of some aromatic cedar i had in my scrap bin.


And because i dont feel it needs its own topic (not like this did either lol)
But my friend recently purchased a fillimant style 3d printer and was having trouble with prints failing due to his reels getting tangled.


Just some 0.200" plywood and some spare bearings i had laying around for my rc cars. took the dust shields off the bearings and washed the grease out with some alcohol, then lubed them with some oil so they would spin easier. they are designed so that the outer edges of the spool rest on the bearings and allows them to roll. I engraved out the inside of the stands so they press on the inner race of the bearing but not the dust guard or outer race.
These were my first attempt before moving the bearings up to 0.050" from the outside edge because his reels were pretty full and wound up rubbing on the stands.


They assemble with a press fit so when he learns more about building his own objects he can use the bearings for his creations.

And lastly some lamp shades i made after seeing the “iq puzzle lamp” design. Cut them from some card stock. i think they turned out well, better looking than the frosted glass ones it came with imo.





Well those are my latest projects that I thought were worth mentioning. If you made it this far Thx for your time and have a great day/night where you are at. :beers:

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