Drinkin' From The Cup

I like to drink wine but I don't like the look of a standard wine glass. This needed to be fixed. So I fixed it...?




I saw this on Instructables a while back. I liked the idea, though I didn't like how they were so low and would possibly slide all around while drinking. So I decided a different modification was necessary. I gathered my supplies. They are:

  • Wine Glass
  • Wolverine Bobblehead
  • Hammer
  • Rag
  • Dremel
  • Sugru 5g Packet

So my vision was to basically remove Wolverine's head, and then replace it with the drinking bulb from some stemware. Pulling off the head is the easy part, it's just attached by a spring.

"What gives, bub?"
Next I broke the stem off of the wine glass. I wrapped the stem of the glass in a towel and hit it repeatedly with a hammer. You have to put a little muscle into it, surprisingly.


I wanted it to break about halfway down the stem, so I could actually insert the stem into Wolverine's neck. My break was a bit shorter than that.



Not to worry though. I broke off the remaining part of the stem and essentially had just a shallow pool left as opposed to half a stem. I decided to just leave more of Wolverines neck than I was going to originally, and meld the pieces together like that.


I used a saw blade on my dremel to cut through the neck. It cuts plastic very nice, but does leave a (probably toxic) nasty smell. Wearing a mask and goggles is a good idea.


Now all there was left to do was to line up the two pieces, and attach.

Looks like a decent fit.
For my adhesive, I used Sugru which is a type of silicone that models like clay and then air-cures after 24 hours into a silicone material, making it bendable. It's supposedly pretty strong as an adhesive. We'll see.


I basically just rolled the Sugru into a snake and wrapped it around where the neck and glass meet, and then mashed it together to make it stick. I don't know if this is the strongest method, in fact I reckon that there isn't enough surface area being adhered to allow the glass to really stay on the action figure, if I should say, turn it upside down. Tomorrow's results will show us though.

It looks like a man-scarf.
The glass also started moving around and such while it was resting on his shoulders, so I had to place two heavy books in place to prevent it from slouching down and falling off. 


So now with Wolverine left to cure, I wanted something with more instant gratification. I had a Mighty Mugg "Snake Eyes" lying around, so I gave him the same treatment. Ripping the head off this thing was very hard, I had to pound a flathead screwdriver into his neck until it broke the inside part that was keeping them attached. It left me with a sloppy break.


I took out the dremel again and cleaned off the left overs. Pretty easy stuff. Next I bored out the top with a spade bit on my eletric drill. It took a while but I broke through into his hollow, emotionless chest. I cleaned it up with the grinder(?) bit on my dremel and had a nice clean hole.



You'll notice some hot glue on the top part near the opening. I originally had thought to glue it on with a smaller opening until deciding on boring a much larger one.

Break another glass, and get ready to put the two together.


It doesn't really look it in this picture, but it's a decent fit. I applied some hot glue, which stuck on nicely and seemed to work. And then I picked it up by the feet and turned it around and the glass fell right off. I needed something stronger to bond it with. An epoxy would work, but I don't have any. So I went to an old friend of mine:


So I put Gorilla Glue all around the edge of hot glue that remained and put the glass back on, and filled it with some water to add weight as the Gorilla Glue dries. It looks alright.


So I still don't have any instant gratification since I have to let this cure, but I will have (hopefully) two fully functioning wine glasses that are a bit more nerd-friendly.

WHAT WE LEARNED:

Since this was basically a "slash and glue" project, I admittedly didn't plan a whole lot out. I did learn a few things however:

The Mighty Mugg is probably the more ideal toy to use, as it's got a wide area to bore out that will allow a good clean fit for the glass.

Hot glue is not strong enough by itself to attach with.

Epoxy would probably be the best adhesive, as Sugru may or may not be strong enough, and is sort of pricey.

Burning plastic can make you turn into a woman (or man)?

And last but most importantly, things rarely go how you want them on the first try.

Look for a strong remake of this project in the near-future.

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