Upcycling wise, wine corks are one of the easiest materials to work with, they are easy to cut, lightweight and work great as jewelry pieces. I particularly like using them to make earrings, since corks are so light, the earrings made from it are super comfortable to wear all day round.So here's how I made this recycled pair of jewelry:
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Step 1: Start by Cutting the Wine Cork
I cut mine with about 1/2 a cm. You want it to be thick enough to be able to pierce a hole through. Cut two slices for each earring and then cut them in half.
Step 2: Pierce a Hole
Use a needle or something similar, to make a hole that goes through the center of the cork, try to make it as straight as possible.
Step 3: Paint
To add the color I chose to use regular markers, I also tried acrylic paint, but I prefer that the marker is see-through and shows the texture underneath.
Step 4: Paint the Sides
Next step is optional, but I painted the sides of the pieces with white acrylic paint. Once that is dry, spray paint both sides with clear varnish to add shine and protect the color.
Step 5: Attach
Cut a piece of wire and create a loop at the end.
Then put the pieces of cork through the wire, cut the excess wire and add a drop of superglue to keep it secure.
Lastly, attach the earring hooks and that is it!