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Making a Wine Cork Self Portrait

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With lots of time and patience you too can create this unique self portrait. Start collecting those corks. This is a guide about making a wine cork self portrait.
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January 20, 2009

Wine Cork Self Portrait

Wine Cork Self Portrait

Here is a self portrait I made of myself out of wine corks. It took me 4 years to complete. The smaller the image or the further back you are, the easier it is to see.

By El Pac from Seattle, WA

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful
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Ok... here are some answers to the posted questions:

1) I didn't drink all the wine... the picture you see has 1,776 corks in it. I had to go through about 4,000 to get the right ones, however.

2) I'm not an artist - actually, I'm a CEO by day. That's why it took me 4 years! ...can I still take the tax deduction? :-)

3) My eyesight is good - thanks for asking tennesue!

4) I had to build a string grid to hold the corks in place... then I glued each one in place.

5) I used a black and white picture of myself to refer to. I took each pixel and marked the shade a 1-12. I then made a sample block of corks that represented 12 shades of purple. After sorting through 4,000 corks, I had enough of the different shades to plug them in the right spot.

6) This is my first and last cork project... I might try and do something simliar with colored tiles.

7) Thanks for all your nice comments!

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us. I'm certain you are an artist. If you don't sell your work, please, find out what you have to do to get it to the public, other than here. I'm thinking painting is your usual medium. Am I right? Thank you again.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Way to go, if you are an artist by trade, you can claim the wine as a deduction. Sorry just had to say that. actually you are very talented, good job!!

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

This is fine art. If you need more wine corks, I can help. My husband makes wine and we always have extras.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

This is amazing! Good job

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

NOW I'm impressed! Never would have guessed that wine corks could render the image so well.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

That is amazing and I have never seen anything like it. You should be very proud.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Outstanding!

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Outstanding! Thanks for sharing with us!

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Neat! Thanks for sharing with us!

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