Engrave on a Dollar Tree Glass Plate

I’ve been trying to document some of the things I’ve been playing with on the Glowforge so that I have a reference to settings in the future and I figured why not make a how-to video on how to do some of these things

I couldn’t find a lot of information on how to do a glass plate, so here is the latest thing I’ve made along with a link to the video if you’d like to know how to do it yourself.

You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CTYusiYD3A


Nice simple project. The trick is usually finding a glass plate that will fit.

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I bought this dessert sized one and a dinner sized one. I haven’t tried the dinner sized one yet, but have smaller risers if it’s a bit bigger.

I link to the files for the risers (@GrooveStranger) and the focus tool (@eflyguy) in the video description. Both came in super handy with this project.


Your text engraved perfectly. I watched your video because I wanted to see what you put on the glass before engraving. I was surprised to see you didn’t have to use anything and still get such good results. Thanks for the video.


(I’ve done spice jar lids and shot glasses with nothing applied to them, just depends on the glass.)

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Yeah I have done those same plates before, they are pretty awesome. I generally use dish soap on the glass before the engrave but yours seems to have came out good without.


I wasn’t sure what to try as far as prepping it, so I went bare to start with. I’ve seen mention of all sorts of things, masking, dish soap, wet paper towels, etc.

Glass was something that didn’t seem to have a lot of specifics when I was researching it. I figured I could make a funny “What not to do when engraving glass” video if things went south. :slight_smile:


Well, you had great results and I am anxious to give it a try myself . Thanks for sharing your work.


Turned out great!