Introduction: Champagne USB Key

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This instructable will show you how to re-use an old cork and a USB to create an awesome looking flash drive.
I have entered this in the Green science fair contest because it is re-using two old objects to make a modern chic piece of hardware.
2nd Instructable

Step 1: You Will Need...

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For this Instructable you need:
A Cork - one made of real cork not plastic, i chose a champagne cork as it was
the largest one and able to hold my USB
A USB - doesn't matter what capacity, try to get the smallest one size wise as it
needs to fit in the cork.
A Knife - Anything sharp with a smallish blade will do nicely, i have chosen an
Exacto knife.
Tape - I have used white electrical tape.

Step 2: Stripping the USB

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Now you need to strip away any excess plastic to make the USB as small a possible to fit inside your cork.
Most USB casing is in two halves which clip together around the USB
all you need to do is find a seam along one side and pry it open withe either your fingers or your sharp blade, the two halves should pop right off.
Now with the bare USB you need to size it up with your cork to make sure it is wide and deep enough.

Step 3: Cutting the Hole...

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Before you start cutting it is a good idea to draw a line around the bottom of the usb on the cork, this is so you have a general idea of how thick and how wide to make the hole (look at pics)
Now begin the cutting, cork is actually allot tougher than it looks so i recommend carving out a small groove on the top inside the line you drew and then just shredding at the cork and emptying out the shavings every so often ( very careful with your fingers here , high risk of severing)
Also be careful not to cut the sides too much otherwise it will all fall apart.
when cutting every so often shove the usb in the hole to see if you've cut enough out.

Step 4: Fitting the USB

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Before i put the USB into the cork i wrapped it in electrical tape just to stop the cork shavings getting inside it. Don't put too much tape on or the USB will get bigger and you'll have to cut a larger hole.
When i had put my USB in the hole there was a small gap around the top edge of the hole so i used an elastic band to fill it in.

Step 5: Finished!!

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This is the end of the instructable, thanks for reading and i hope you enjoyed it!
if you have any questions please ask me and ill be happy to answer
dont forget to rate and vote!
good luck if you do make this and let me know how it goes!
More Instructables coming soon !!

p.s. This is my 2nd instructable :D



Saitu (author)2014-03-26

You don't experience any heating problems? Cool. Imma give this a try, then!

Divine Oubliette (author)2013-08-01

Make the cork easier to cut by pouring boiling water over it before starting your project.

PSPerson (author)2010-08-08
Reminds me of this.....
jacobbrunberg (author)PSPerson2012-05-21

i want that

yskroc (author)2012-04-19

Don't think this is "cool", as the USB will get hot and no no space to dissipate the heat !!!! lol.....

Gage987 (author)2010-02-04

you could pop the cork into a bottle and hide the drive.

prometheus442 (author)2009-05-23

I understand that the reason wine bottles are now corked with that plastic stuff is because real cork has been violently over-harvested over the years and the quality has deteriorated quite a bit. That's why if you don't have a good bottle opener, the cork might break and fall into the bottle. Kind of sad.

sharlston (author)2009-05-12

put a weight in the bottom of the cork so the top usb floats in water then it wont get wet

raykholo (author)2008-12-05

kind of looks like ur computer is drinking KIND OF

Pags (author)2008-09-23

This is a great design because it covers 2 other usb slots besides the one it's using.

luke (author)Pags2008-10-14

umm ... thats a firewire port and a usb... but its still cool !

=SMART= (author)Pags2008-09-23

Hell yea !

whitish (author)2008-08-09

i had this idea! i guess i waited too long. (curse me and my lack of corked bottle beverages drinking)

KenGriffin (author)2008-08-06

Awesome! I think I will do this but with a fairly large cork so I can have a cap to it as well. - Ken

puffyfluff (author)2008-07-25

I've never heard of this before. It's really neat. I'm glad I've got many many usb drives to do this too-there are so many instructables! This is one of the best though!!

=SMART= (author)puffyfluff2008-07-26

Thanks !!

AnarchistAsian (author)2008-07-05

go alcohol

=SMART= (author)AnarchistAsian2008-07-26


Labot2001 (author)2008-06-28

Unique idea! I might do this... I'm looking for a cool mod for my thumb drive that's lost its shell. 3.5/5 Stars!

DuctTapeRules! (author)2008-06-25

Once I get my hands on a champagne cork big enough, I'm gonna make this. What about a cork lid as well? :D

=SMART= (author)DuctTapeRules!2008-06-25

Cool, i was going to make a lid but i diddnt have another cork :P

fedelosa (author)2008-05-20

Haha! That's a cool mod!!!

The Brains Of The World (author)2008-05-16

I used a lego brick Thanks

maccrew (author)2008-05-08

A little large, but still cool.

Keith-Kid (author)2008-05-03

cool idea! +1!

drummonkey92 (author)2008-04-28

realy nice job! one thing is that you may want to make a cap for it out of another cork, just to keep it a bit safer and stop stuff messing round with the actual connection

=SMART= (author)drummonkey922008-04-28

thanks, good idea i think ill do that :D

=SMART= (author)2008-04-24


thefunktopus (author)2008-04-24

This is neat but if it's used for heavy writing won't it overheat and maybe set the cork alight?

=SMART= (author)thefunktopus2008-04-24

yea it gets quite hot after 10-15 mins plugged in

FireSnake (author)2008-04-22

I love this idea! what makes it great is THAT it's big, (Thumb Drives like to get lost) AND that it floats! If i might offer you some fabrication advise and you'd like to hear it, PM me. I hope you receive recognition in the Green science fair!

ColbyCirca89 (author)2008-04-20

Try using a drill next time. It would be safer and easier. Also, it is "severing" not "decapitation". Decapitation refers to the head, not digits.

=SMART= (author)ColbyCirca892008-04-21

ok lol i changed it

=SMART= (author)2008-04-19


explosivemaker (author)2008-04-18

neat idea....

=SMART= (author)2008-04-18

UPDATE- i took it to school today and everyone thought it was great!, one person even offered to buy it off me !

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-17

I gotta admit, this is really awesome. I never knew an X-acto knife could do this. But this is pretty awesome, I might do this. +1 rating. +1 vote.

=SMART= (author)GorillazMiko2008-04-18

Thanks Man!!!

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-17

Nice! A little big, but good idea.

=SMART= (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-04-17

yep its quite big! lol thanks

LinuxH4x0r (author)=SMART=2008-04-17

I might make one, but I would trim the extra off.

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