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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 page 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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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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