Passes at Glass

A couple of firsts today… First attempt to engrave glass and first job without the crumb tray.

The test article is a $2 glass bottle from Hobby Lobby. After measuring it, I propped it up on a piece of cardboard to get into focus range, and took a complete swag at the settings…

One side I coated with a bit of dish soap, the other I left unprotected. Can’t really tell the difference.

These were svg vector engraves. Next attempt will be raster engraves with 4 “colors.”


Love it! Let the experimentation begin! (Exactly what I did with those egg shells…“Ehhhh!..that looks about right.”) :smile:


I’m really looking forward to having a wider dynamic range of power settings, too… :sunglasses:


It looks great! You can get glass paints (translucent or opaque) and color the kitty in–that would be cute!


In close up on the second picture it looks like the fractured surface could almost be picked out. Reminds me of tempered fracture pattern. I wonder if a pigment might be carried into/between the pieces by capillary action and secure them? A transparent airbrush paint would let the light play in the fracture pattern.
Do you recall the settings? That;s one thing I’m learning, to take notes. After three tries I get what I’m after, but neglect to write down the settings… :confounded:
I guess not that big a deal since the software is still evolving.


This was my second attempt on putting graduations on a borosilicate (90% positive about this material) tube (from Airpot Corp). First attempt cracked the glass because of too high laser power (at last that’s my assumption). I don’t remember settings (plus it was on a 40W CO2 Eplilog). Had this on my phone and wanted to share earlier but this post reminded me to start it!


Sure, the settings were 10/150/270, focus 0.05"

I’m trying to get in the habit of saving a screenshot with the finished print, including the GFUI settings, then saving them in Evernote. Didn’t do it in this case (naturally)…


That’s brilliant! I’ve been taking furious notes on my giant desk pad calendar, but it’s now so full/cluttered that it’s hard to tell where one experiment stops and the next one starts. Your method is far more organized :wink:


Those are too cute :smile:
Love it!

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This is one of the things I am interested in doing.

I wonder what actually determines the line width. It looks a good bit wider than the beam assuming it was focused. It seems like the glass fractures into little flakes and their size determines the width.


Fantastic! Another awesome test

You could probably play with speed and power to see if you get different widths/textures.

Note, I have no experience. But I’ve read an awful lot over the past year and a half about lasering all sorts of things. And glass was of interest to me. That said…

As I understand it, it’s to help prevent shattering, not to affect the result. Instead of cardboard underneath to focus, might try a paper towel (damp with water or soap) on the surface itself.

Yep! It does.


Needed a quick gift, so I loaded up a stencil SVG and set my laser to engrave…

I forgot to coat the glass first and ended up with a “bubble” of glass leaf over the engraved area. Disintegrated as soon as I touched the bottle. Wish I’d taken a picture first… :smirk:




That’s really awesome!


Looks great!

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What were you going to coat the glass with?

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Thin coating of dish soap.

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