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Making a Wine Cork Self Portrait

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Wine Cork Self Portrait
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 20, 20090 found this helpful

Very nice. Incredible.

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January 20, 20090 found this helpful

Wow...this is really amazing!!! Great job. You must be quite an artist. Thanx for sharing this self portrait with us.

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Anonymous
January 20, 20090 found this helpful

Very, very cool! Quite a creative piece of art!

Have to ask a funny question though. Did it take four years to complete from your own used wine corks? ;-)

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January 20, 20090 found this helpful

That is so cool. How is your eyesight?

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 20, 20090 found this helpful

Very "Mosaic". Is each dot a full cork or did you slice them and space them out? The Orientals do much artwork with cork. It's lovely. Did you do on a cork bulletin board? And you must have done this from part of a photo? Surely you don't drink that much wine, do you? lol Just curious, too.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 21, 20090 found this helpful

OMG! This is gorgeous and amazing...totally clever.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

love it.

zig

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 21, 20090 found this helpful

WOW!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 21, 20090 found this helpful

This is amazing, and to think all the wine you got to drink. Congratualtions!

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

That is amazing! I can imagine it took a lot of time. very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Good grief. That's fantastic! Do you realize that you could really make a living at that? I know it takes forever, but you just have to charge accordingly per picture. I am impressed. Very impressed.

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By guest (Guest Post)
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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

WOW! You cant say that your not an artist cause I think this proves that you are! I think if you would have done this of a famous person( no offense) it could have sold for BIG BUCKS!

AMAZING! I hope you have it framed under some glass to preserve it better!

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