Basket Illusion Pint Glass Sleeve

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Project by Lazyman posted 09-08-2021 12:42 PM 595 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try making a pint glass sleeve and also wanted to do another basket illusion turning for a while and the beer swap was the perfect opportunity to do both. I decided to use an oversized pint glass because I thought a standard one might result in too small of a grip for most adults. This is made from a piece of maple that has literally been sitting around for over 30 years. and is finished with several coats of spray can polyurethane.

The process starts with figuring out the angle (~7°) of the side of the glass and then determining how to make the rings on the Ringmaster. I use Sketchup for that:

This is printed to to actual scale and used to set a compass for marking the outer and inner ring sizes for the ringmaster cuts. I started with 3/16” rings.

After cutting the rings and gluing them into a stack, using one of the remnants as a temporary base, the cylinder is smoothed, sanded, beads are cut and the grooves are burned to make them stand out (4th picture).

Using the built in indexing wheel on my lathe to get even spacing, I then burned vertical lines using a wood burner with special tip designed for the beads (5th picture sorry it so blurry). The temporary base is then parted off and then the real work begins. As with most basket illusion projects, making pattern is what takes the most time—about 5-6 hours for this small piece. It is sort of a color by numbers process and I used Faber-Castel PITT-artist pens for that. Many “basket illusionist” use graph paper to design the patterns but that is cumbersome when you want to make changes so I used Sketchup to make up a pattern.

The 6th picture is my prototype made from some scrap of white pine but it was too rough and fuzzy to send. Plus, I made it too thin and I had a chunk of it break out while I was burning the grooves with the wire which made it impossible to sand smooth. I wasn’t sure it would survive shipping much less use.

And yes, there was beer involved in all stages of the process. My swap buddy said he liked dark beers so I selected some from a variety of Texas breweries.

Oh yeah, and I threw in a couple of simple coasters. One is a yellow dyed and beaded maple remnant and the other from a piece of bradford pear I had laying around.

Be sure to check out the other 2021 beer swap projects.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 09-08-2021 12:46 PM

that certainly sheds a new light on the RingMaster – pretty sure I’ll never find that light

Great job Nathan !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-08-2021 12:59 PM

Fantastic work Nathan! I love the basket weave illusion. I would say I’m going to give it a shot but I’d be lying. That looks like an awful lot of work ;-)

Great package and thanks for playing again this year!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 09-08-2021 01:04 PM

Wow, A completely new level of Ringmaster project! Beautiful work…..I’m somehow getting an Egyptian vibe from it. I have a Ringmaster but ummm….no, not gonna go there.

-- “Often wrong but never in doubt”. Dave in WV.

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#4 posted 09-08-2021 01:36 PM

Impressive, Nathan!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 09-08-2021 01:40 PM

i always love seeing those basket weave projects and i can appreciate the work involved making one.great job nathan.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 09-08-2021 01:58 PM

Thanks guys. I am thinking that basket illusion projects might be good projects for times of the year when it is too hot or cold to spend much time in the shop. You can do the decorating indoors in a recliner. You can’t really watch TV because it takes a bit of concentration following the pattern but you can listen to a game for example while you do it. I actually worked on this while on a trip instead of taking some carving knives and whittling.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 09-08-2021 02:07 PM

Amazing – I thought is was a basket weave at first. That is slick!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 09-08-2021 02:14 PM

Thanks Bill. If you really want to be impressed just google images of basket weave illusion. There are a few pretty impressive ones on LJ too.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 09-08-2021 03:31 PM

Impressive Nathan! The basket pattern is something I have never seen before and this one is really cool.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#10 posted 09-08-2021 03:38 PM

too hard for this guy but lazyman did it NOT LAZY


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#11 posted 09-08-2021 03:53 PM

Great looking work. Impressive.

-- Ron

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#12 posted 09-08-2021 05:00 PM

Thanks Duck, Tony and Ron.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 09-08-2021 05:09 PM

As the lucky recipient of this fine work from Nathan all I can say is I’m humbled to have gotten it. It is actually far more impressive in the hand, than any pic can do it justice. It truly is a work of art. Many hours went into it’s making, and as a Koozie it is one made for Kings and Queens.

Sadly I haven’t been able to sample any of the brews yet, and my biggest problem with that is I can’t decide where exactly to start, but in the coming days I told Nathan, and the fine group who participated in the “beer” thread that I would send detailed tasting reports as I did get to them all.

My biggest error was reporting Nathan had made me a Maple, and a CHERRY coaster, that Pear looks a LOT like Cherry, and being as I use Cherry a lot I ass/u/me that it was Cherry. Both are very nice, and the Maple nests perfectly inside of the Pear. They will be used.

Nathan, again thank you very much for your good work, and I will take good care of the Koozie you’ve made me. Plus the beer choices look fabulous, all of them are beers I would have bought if available to me locally. Maybe the best thing beer wise is I now have a fine beer drinking glass to use, it’s plenty big enough to accommodate 16 ounces, and a frothy head. I won’t know how to act, I’ve used a plain water glass for so long. Being upgraded I think I’m going to start drinking my beer with a pinkie up, kinda like the riche folks do. :-) NAHhhh..

I would also urge anybody who frequents LJ’s to become involved in a swap, this was a very good time, and a tremendous amount of fun. Plus I feel like I’ve made some new friends along the way. Thanks to everyone involved.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 09-08-2021 06:20 PM

Impressive, nice work

-- Rick M,

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#15 posted 09-08-2021 07:14 PM

Thanks Rick.

GW (aka SteveN), Thanks for the kind words. I hope it holds up and actually performs as intended. Please let me know if it doesn’t. I would hate to make another for someone only to find later that it looks good but didn’t actually work very well in practice. When trying it out myself, I found that a gentle twist makes it a little tighter so that it wouldn’t slide down when you set the drink down. And let me know if you find any of those beers particularly good. I got a few extras to sample myself but not all of them.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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