Wednesday, April 02, 2008
wine cork stoppers for Newt and the world
(elephant by Gary Rith)
Somehow the topic of wine bottle stoppers came up last week, and Newt said she needed several dozen at least. It is not something I have made before, but something I have wanted to do. What could be easier, make a little animal and glue it to a cork?
So, a quick visit last week to the online ceramic supplier yields an order for 100 corks with a dowel in the middle. I throw a small knob on the wheel, top it with elephant or pig or golden retriever, put a hole in it, fire it up, get the gorilla glue and VOILA!
These corks are made to fit wine bottles. The way I fit the dowel (or when I make pencil toppers) is to make the hole in the clay with the pencil, or in this case, the dowel. Since clay shrinks up to 10 percent, you get a tight fit even without the gorilla glue, so it would be hard to seperate them, which is the whole idea.