I have some beer glasses with decal-like decorations that I assume are some kind of plastic or maybe even glass/faience. How are these made?

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  • My guess is that it is Pyrography. – Surb Jan 19 '17 at 13:03
  • @Surb woodburning? how does that work in the context of glassware decals? – Erica Jan 19 '17 at 15:47
  • @Erica well Pyrography is usually done on wood but can also be applied on glass (note that there is nothing about "wood" in the word pyrography). Some examples (it might be my translation of "pyrogravure" which is wrong though...) – Surb Jan 19 '17 at 16:00
  • @Erica However, I guess your answer is correct (especially because of the different colors). – Surb Jan 19 '17 at 16:05
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    Ah -- I think that is more accurately engraving (or perhaps etching, but I think that's chemical-based rather than mechanical) rather than burning. – Erica Jan 19 '17 at 16:12

This is most likely an applied ceramic label. It's an industrial process that can't be achieved in a typical handmade craft setting (e.g., your garage), requiring ceramic inks or enamels, screen printing to apply the design, and high-temperature baking to set.

If you're considering removing an ACL to decorate the beer glass differently, the verdict is apparently that it isn't really removable (see related Q/A).

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