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Putting Vinyl on Wine Glasses: 7 Tips for Success

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Putting vinyl on wine glasses and other curved glassware is something that many Silhouette users struggle with.  I am often asked if I have a tutorial on putting vinyl on conical surfaces like tumblers and the answer is no because to be completely honest I can't get it perfect and I can't share something I'm not confident in.  But I can vinyl up a wine glass or two or four for a friend who needs a last minute gift for a girls' weekend.

Today I'm going to share 7 tips for adding vinyl to wine glasses and once I master tumblers, I'll be back with that tutorial.
First things first: pick the right design. You want the design to be the right size. If it's too big you will definitely have trouble getting it straight on the glass so I say simple and small-er are best.   If you are adding a monogram to a glass I find it easiest to cut each letter separately instead of welding them together for this very reason. Smaller designs are easier to position without wrinkling, bubbling, and warping.

My friend originally asked for a multi-line "Keep Calm and Drink Wine with Your Besties" saying on each glass.  Her other idea was #Forever39.  I immediately suggestion that the Keep Calm phrase would be too big of a design.  Sure it can be done, but I didn't want to set myself up for a disaster knowing that the #Forever39 option she liked just as much and would be a lot less stressful!

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Use the right vinyl. You want to cut on permanent adhesive outdoor vinyl like Oracle 651. This vinyl can withstand washing (by hand). It has a stronger adhesive on the back to give it a better stick which is ideal for smaller designs.

Cut your design, weed, and then get ready to apply the vinyl to the wine glass.

But before you do, fill the wine glass with water.  I filled mine about half way...but how much water you use all depends on where you want your design placed.  The water line is a guaranteed straight line of reference.  I usually use painters tape, but on a wine glass there's risk it would not be level because of the slightly conical shape of the glass.

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Use clear transfer tape to move your design from the vinyl backing to the glass.  Use the least amount of tape as possible. So cut the tape and the backing down as close to the vinyl as you can before peeling off the tape to transfer it to the glass.

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Place the middle of the design down on the glass first lining up the bottom edge with the water line (left below).  Then work out from one side to the other making sure the bottom of the design is always level with the water line. (I apologize, in advance, for the really bad picture...)

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If you're having trouble with the design curving up or downwards slightly, use scissors to clip up into the transfer tape being careful not to cut the vinyl.  This just gives you a little wiggle room allowing the design to bend slightly back towards the water line.

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When the entire design is on the wine glass, carefully remove the transfer tape and burnish the vinyl down again with a Silhouette scraper.

If you are doing more than one wine glass, pour all of the water into the next wine glass. This will ensure that all of the designs on every wine glass are in the same spot (so long as you don't spill any water while pouring)!

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And yes, I add my "PS Hand Wash Only" stickers, made with my Silhouette and white sticker paper to all wine glasses with vinyl to remind people they're not dishwasher safe. Read the Silhouette Sticker 101 tutorial

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  1. I use a hinge method! I take my design and cut around it as close as I can. Then I cut a few slits around the design without cutting the design itself. I take masking tape and tape the design (with backing still on it) halfway vertically to the surface. Then I remove one half of the backing, and press down the design and smooth it with an ID or Credit Card. I remove the tape and do the same for the other side and remove the transfer tape. It works like a charm every time!! I never thought of using the water as a guide though! That's a great idea!

  2. While I am at it can you help me with this. I just did some iron and I don't know how to move it off to keep it straight, as I purchased the vinyl from Ebay. Any tips on how to pull it up. Or using the tradition red sticky paper you buy?

  3. Thanks for this.! What kind of transfer tape are you using? <3

  4. I have been struggling to get names and sayings right on pint glasses. This post is extremely helpful!!!! **Especially the water trick!*** Thank you so much for your brilliant blog!

  5. what degree of the curve do I need to make to make my image curve to fit the wine glass better?

  6. To help make stencils for angled glasses you can use the template that mimics a truncated cone. Just add the right measurements to the input screen.
    Use this site to create the right curve image.
    Then transfer the curve image to your Studio Software. Then create your text and "snap" the text to the top of the curve. Then you can convert your curved text to a graphic, remove the curve image and move the image freely about.

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