Christchurch Aftershot Glass

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?

Christchurch Aftershot

Christchurch Aftershot

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.

Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch New Zealand

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.

Vines glass

Vines glass

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.

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