Approximate Time: 15-30 minutes
If you are not confident, mark the cork at 2 mm intervals along the length of the cork, then use the marks as a guide. You should end up with a pile like the one in the photo.
Once you have found a matching pair, you can choose your beads and start making your earrings and charms.
For the heart design, use 2 acrylic red hearts and 22 seed beads. Push a hole through the center of the cork with the darning needle then, push through 9 inches of 34 gauge beading wire. Leave a 3 inch tail on the wrong side popping on a bit of tape to stop it pulling through. Next thread 3 seed beads, making sure that they are at the front before pushing the wire back round. Do this several times. Finally pass the wire through and round the heart bead to hold it in place.
Bring both ends of the wire to the top of the cork and after you are happy with the position of the beads twist them together a few times. Trim to around 1 inch, this will form the loop to hang from the earring wire. Pop on a couple seed beads to disguise the wire.
Push the twisted wires through a crimp bead then through the loop of the earring wire then back through the crimp bead. Use pliers to crimp the bead and tuck any excess back through the seeds beads.
I made the spoke wheel charm in a similar way except I used a few bugle beads to make the spokes and split and beaded the two wires before twisting and securing to a jump ring using a crimp bead.
For the large drops, use pliable aluminum wire and round nose pliers to form the spiral shape, bend it over the top and round the cork then, push the wire through a large pearl bead, back up and then holding the whole thing gently but firmly give the bead half a twist to hold it in place. Then take the wire back to the top and use pliers to fix the earring to the earring wires.
These were quick, fun and very cheap to make.
By Ayesha from Sovenia, EU
I was really pleased with the results and have already had great feedback and even some orders! I think this is a great craft for adults and teens to try.
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours for the three bracelets
Once you have all the supplies together, you will quickly come up with your own designs. Basically for the bronze charm bracelet, I threaded up large seed beads onto stretch beading thread them made the charms or, like the butterfly one, just used bits from my bead box.
The technique for embellishing the cork beads is to heat up the point of the needle then use it to pierce holes in the cork slices. You can then thread wire, beads, string through the holes. Crimp beads are used to secure the hanging loops and beading thread to the fasteners.
For the string bracelet (which is really just a variation on the friendship bracelet idea but much faster to make!) I just cut a long piece of string and threaded on larger glass beads and cork slices. For a more chunky feel, I used knots to secure everything and made a loop and bead catch.
I think the best thing about these designs is that they can be as simple or complex as the person making them can manage! (oh yes, and they are also very frugal too)
By Ayesha from Slovenia EU
Approximate Time: 20-30 minutes
Use the heated needle to make a hole through the centre of the length of the 8 corks.
Take 2 X 18 inches of thread loop and pull them through so that they are doubled and you have 4 pieces of thread hanging from the metal split ring. Tie them all together with a single knot.
Thread all four ends onto one of the wooden or plastic beads.
Now separate the four strands and thread 2 corks onto each one. Thread the four strands back through another bead, and then tie them together again in a single knot.
To prevent fraying, but only if you are using thread with nylon or polythene content, quickly melt the thread below the bead.
This craft will make any fisherman smile, especially if it is made from his own wine corks! They float just as well as the key rings you can buy in Chandlers, and are practically free as they can be made totally from scrap!
By Ayesha C
By Karen H. from Pawtucket, RI
By Misty from Hermanville, MS
Can wine corks be used for outdoor projects? Could you make an outdoor bar with wine corks? Will mold be an issue? Basically, are wine corks weatherproof and usable in outdoor settings.
Cork Fanatic from New Jersey
Because corks are porous, they can be a mold issue. Just make sure the water isn't standing on the corks for too long, or you could put a coat or two of polyrathane (the stuff found by the paints and stains at your local Home Depot of Lowes) on it. That will waterseal it and be completely clear. GOOD IDEA!
I'm saving wine corks to make a bulletin board. Some of the ones that have been given to me are obviously cork and some of them look more like rubber. Does anyone know what these are made of? Are they processed cork, rubber, or plastic?
According to the site referenced below, Cork is basically a material that is a "prime-subset of bark tissue....from The Cork Oak" tree (also known as Quercus Suber)
(Interesting fact: "Once the trees are about 25 years old the cork is stripped from the trunks every ten years. The trees live for about 200 years. The first two harvests produce poorer quality cork.")
"As late as the mid-17th century, French vintners did not use cork stoppers, using oil-soaked rags stuffed into the necks of bottles instead.
Wine corks can be made of either a single piece of cork, or composed of particles, as in champagne corks; corks made of granular particles are called "technical corks".
Natural cork closures are used for about 80% of the 20 billion bottles of wine produced each year. After a decline in use as wine-stoppers due to the increase in the use of cheaper synthetic alternatives, cork wine-stoppers are making a comeback and currently represent approximately 60% of wine-stoppers today."
However, as far as synthetic corks are concerned, "Synthetic corks are made from plastic compounds designed to look and "pop" like natural cork, but without the risk of TCA contamination".
"Screw caps or "Stelvin caps" are closures made only from aluminium material that threads onto the bottleneck. They are the predominant closure used by New Zealand wineries."
" Vino-Seal, or Vino-Lok, is a plastic/glass closure released by Alcoa. Since its introduction into the European market in 2003, over 300 wineries have utilized Vino-Seal. Using a glass stopper with an inert o-ring, the Vino-Seal creates a hermetic seal that prevents oxidation and TCA contamination. A disadvantage with the Vino-Seal is the relatively high cost of each plug (70 cents each) and cost of manual bottling due to the lack of compatible bottling equipment outside of Europe."
Find out more information and where I got the above paragraph below!
What can be made with wine bottle corks?
By D. Archuleta
Just realized the photo example I inserted yesterday to show you what they look like didn't post so here it is:
What can I do with wine corks?
When I was a child we used to burn the end of a wine cork to make a black tip and use it to give ourselves moustaches and beards for fancy-dress parties.
What do I do with wine bottles and corks, aside from the typical flower vase and trivet?
If you have a lot of wine bottles, perhaps you can give them to someone who makes homemade wine.
Here is Saskatchewan, we can return them to the depot for a deposit, just like pop and beer bottles. Perhaps you should lobby your local/state government to bring in a bottle deposit to encourage recycling. There are only so many crafts one can use bottles for, although I have seen people make fancy fences and walls out of them, cementing them in like bricks.
You can make Christmas ornaments out of corks, angels and reindeer. If you have a lot of corks, you could donate them to a school or day care or Sunday school for crafts.