How to make printed pint glasses

Updated August 16, 2017

Making printed pint glasses is a creative process that allows you to transfer images onto glassware. Use these customised items as gifts, give them out at your next gathering as a party favour or even sell them. By purchasing speciality decal paper, you can design your own graphic and print it out for your pint glass. Numerous procedures and tool requirements exist for using decals, including the waterslide decal method, which makes use of tools around the house and does not require a special heat source like a kiln.

Purchase your pint glasses, including a few extra to do a test run on.

Open a graphics application, such as Fireworks, and design a decal. Save your file in preparation for printing.

Load the decal paper into your inkjet printer. You want to print the image on the shiny side of the paper so load the paper accordingly.

Remove the printed decals and use a heat gun or a blow dryer to dry the toner and make the colours in the graphic glossy. This process also deters any air bubbles.

Cut the excess paper away from your design with scissors or a trimming knife.

Place the decal in a pan containing lukewarm water so the backing material loosens up.

Position the decal face down onto your pint glass and peel away the backing paper. Use a wet sponge to flatten any air bubbles and remove any gelatinous substances left over.

Repeat the heating process with the heat gun or blow dryer to ensure no air bubbles exist and that the decal (if large) has successfully wrapped around the curvature of the glass.

Preheat your oven to 121 degrees C and, when ready, place the pint glass on the bottom rack. Allow the glass to bake for an hour.

Raise the heat to 148 degrees Cor about 15 minutes, ramp it up to 176 degrees Cor another 15 minutes and set it to 204 degrees Cor 15 minutes more. The heat process securely adheres the decal and allows it to shine.

Determine whether you want to remove the protective film on top of the decal to remove the appearance of edges or if you prefer to leave this film in place. If you want to retain the covering, set the oven temperature to 232 degrees C and allow the pint glass to bake for another 15 minutes. Otherwise, remove the glass from the oven, let it cool and then apply turpentine to take off the film layer.

Things You'll Need

  • Graphics application
  • Waterslide decal paper
  • Inkjet printer
  • Heat gun or blow dryer
  • Scissors or trimming knife
  • Pan with lukewarm water
  • Wet sponge
  • Oven
  • Turpentine (optional)
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About the Author

Brandy Alexander has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. Alexander runs her own art-glass business and has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" as well as various online publications.