How Shot Glasses Are Made

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So we concocted a cool little metal shot glass. But how are they actually made?

You start with a strip of stainless steel that’s about 4 inches wide. A stamping machine will cut these into simple, perfectly equal circles with 60 tons of pressure. Then these circles are stamped again with the same 60 tons of pressure. Two swift punches. It is astonishing to watch - the machine stamps these effortlessly; like butter. Watch your fingers!

It leaves a small, sharp lip of metal at the top. Otherwise, the result we have here is more or less, a shot glass. The lip is cut off, and the edges are curled. This produces a rim suitable for, you know, drinking tequila, rather than slicing your face open. The last step is punching words into the bottom of the shot glass. To do this, a male and female die are used. This is done when an especially deep crease is needed to be made in a piece of metal. The male die debosses the metal. Basically, it pushes the metal into a recess on the female die, creating a crease in the shot glass.

They are nearly ready to roll. But, at this point, the shot glasses are covered in grease. All of the tools used need quite a bit of grease to do all of the things just described. So, the next step is chemically degreasing the shot glass. Then, they are polished up to a satin shine, and boxed by us.

The entire process happens in Brooklyn, just down the road from our design studio. Convenient, and awesome to watch.