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Wine Cork Necklace

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Make a necklace charm out of the cork from your favorite wine bottle.
 
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Step 1: Choose Your Cork

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Pick the cork you want to use. It should have a compact design that doesn't wrap too much around the cork else you won't see it well on your necklace. I'm going to do the weather vane for this necklace.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

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In addition to your chosen cork, you will need:
a knife (serrated works best)
a needle
a jump ring
yesterday's paper to protect your work surface

Step 3: Cut Cork

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Cut your cork in half using a sawing motion. Protect your work surface and keep your fingers away from the blade.

Step 4: Shaping

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You may want to shape your cork to suit your design.
I didn't crop "The Prisoner" necklace, but the weather vane had some lettering that needed removing.
Make sure you leave space at the top to make the hole.

Step 5: Make the Hole

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With a needle, poke a hole through the cork. Be careful when poking through to the other side since the needle can take a bit of cork with it.

Step 6: Attach the ring

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You need to bend the jump ring apart with your fingers or with needle-nose pliers. It may take some time to maneuver the jump ring through the hole. Choose a large jump ring and open it wide to ease its way.

If this step has you frustrated, you can always make the charm into a bead by poking the needle horizontally through the cork. You can then string the cork on to a necklace or bracelet just like any other bead.

Step 7: Finishing

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Now all you have to do is decide what kind of chain you want to use and show your vino allegiances!

paperclip324 years ago
 will tommorrow's newspaper work?
if you can time travel, yes.
tulekah4 years ago
if you want to string the cork on the chain, or several,  drill tthru the cork with a bit just a hair smaller than the chain.   the get a piece of brass hobby shop tubing just big enough for the chain to slide thru.  push the tubing thru the hole in the cork (you can lube it with bees wax) drop the chain thru the tube and pull the tube out leaving the chain inside.   the cork will expand, grab the chain,  and stay fixed in position (you don't want it to slide on the chain because it will put out little bits of cork dust like brown dandruff.
startfresh4 years ago
This is really cool!
Cork-Guy4 years ago
Wow, and to think I though cork was only good as a bottle stopper and cork flooring. Interesting concept, will have to show this to my fiancee when she gets home. Maybe I'll surprise her and use the cork top from the bottle of wine we had when I proposed :D
This is cool ... I'm going to see what my woodburner will do to the cork. Maybe it will add a nice dark edge? Then again, it might turn it into a cute little pile of ashes...
Kiteman6 years ago
I like it - wine-nerd jewellery.

You'll be able to spot fellow wine-nerds as well; most people will say oh, cool cork necklace, but wine-nerds will say ah, so you like the wines of the Whassis Valley? I find them a little fruity myself...

Babyshoes6 years ago
Nice idea. I have billions of corks because they seem like some thing useful to keep - maybe I can make some of these out of them!