Even though it has been almost two years since the large 6.3 earthquake in February 2011, we still the stray aftershock. Last week we got a good shake of 4.62 that reminded anyone of the big ones not so long ago. This gave me an idea for laser etching on shot glasses. I started with a real seismic wave and added the text “Christchurch Aftershot.” Good way to calm the nerves after a good shake?
With everything already setup, I tried testing out a few more designs. The next test was a kiwi bird over text Christchurch New Zealand. I think the kiwi bird’s body actually came out quite well.
Finally, I added a vine pattern that wrapped almost all the way around the glass. This too much more time but I think looks great.
Glass is a unique material with laser engraving. As the process actually micro fractures the surface to produce a frosted look. You can feel a very slight texture if you run your fingers over it. But because the etching is part of the glass surface, it won’t dissolve in liquids like painted glass.