My brother Max is an amazing bluegrass musician. He's been musically oriented his whole life, and that even extends to mealtimes. I can remember one night, not too long ago, when my brother, sister, and I were all home for dinner and together we brought out a few wine glasses filled with water, turned off the lights, and played the wine glasses (like this). It was eerie and so cool.
For Christmas this year, I knew I wanted to make him a set of wine glasses with the musical scale etched into them.
If you want to make a set too, you will need:
- Two wine glasses (I've found the cheap ones from Ikea are pretty easy to play, although I've heard crystal works best)
- Dremel 8050 Micro
- A tuner app on your phone (I bought this one for $3.99)
- Dry erase marker
Start by filling your wine glass with a little bit of water. "Play" it while the tuner app is running, and add or remove water (try using a turkey baster) until you hit the perfect note. Kristie is way better at playing wine glasses than I, so she helped with this part!
Mark the water level using your dry erase marker. Pour out the water, and use the Dremel rotary tool (with the engraving attachment) to engrave a line next to the mark. Add the note identified by the app. Wipe it off with a damp paper towel and go over the engraving again if necessary.
Do this again and again until you have several notes (we engraved A, G, F, E, D, and C#).
This was my first time engraving glass, and the Dremel rotary tool made it really easy. It was even comfortable to hold. Do I wish my handwriting were a tiny bit better? Always, ha! But I think my brother's really going to like this gift. He'll be this good in no time.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.