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« on: July 22, 2006 08:14:40 AM »

Hi all, I thought I'd share a little project that I have been working on.  It's nothing terribly brilliant or new...stamps made from wine corks.  Here's the finished product.



So all you need is a clean, dry wine cork (the smoother the top of the cork, the better), a pencil, pen, an x-acto knife, an ink pad, and a free afternoon.



Make some basic sketches on a scrap piece of paper for practice, and then use the pen to draw your image on the wine cork.  (Remember that the stamped image will be a mirror image of what you draw).

Use the x-acto knife to carve from the outside in.  So you would start with the outside area of the portrait, and then move into the facial features.  Try to make your cuts about 1-2 mm deep, as in the picture. 

***Suggestion from Fudgegirl: "why not start by cutting the detailed bits first?! then, if like me, you bugger it up at that point (coz i find detailed bits really tricky) you won't have wasted your time cutting the outside edge of the shape." 

If you've never carved a stamp before, I'd suggest you start with the outline, just to gain some practice.  Otherwise, carve away at the details!  Whatever works best for you. =p



When you carve the facial features/hair, it's easier to just pick at the cork with the tip of the knife.  That's all there is to the carving part!



Now you can use the ink pad and stamp to your heart's content.  If you want to make a label for the stamp, then just stamp on some adhesive backed paper, line up the stamped image with the carved image, and stick the adhesive paper onto the cork.  Voila.



I've been using the stamps to stamp over the back of envelopes (you know, where it seals).  I draw a little speech bubble from the stamp, and write a little something before I mail letters out to friends.  That's just an idea.  I'm sure you all have tons of other things to do with stamps of yourselves/your friends/your family.  If you have other ideas, I'd love to hear them.

There's a more detailed tutorial on my blog, http://warmfuzzies.typepad.com/warmfuzzies/2006/07/cork_stamp_port.html, if you're interested, but I think I covered all the bases here.

Anyway, hope that was helpful.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2006 09:02:57 AM »

Hey thats a great idea, I dont drink wine so I dont really have wine corks, but I wouldn't mind trying this one out. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2006 09:26:36 AM »

I've been trying to make stamps out of clay and I haven't been terribly happy with them, I also don't drink wine, but I'll have to get some corks, because this would work so much better! Thanks for posting this!
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2006 09:57:49 AM »

I saw tons of corks at a thrift shop for 5 cents a piece-I'll have to go back and get a few:)
Have you ever tried cutting a bigger design on the side of the cork?
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2006 06:37:39 PM »

I have tried cutting a bigger design on the side of the cork, and it works great.  What I recommend doing is first prepping the cork by cutting it in half lengthwise (so you have two half-circles).  Then, cut about 4 mm in from the round side so you have a flat surface (so the cork looks like a funky trapezoid).  Then, position the cork so that the larger base of the "trapezoid" is facing up, and you can go ahead and carve the desired image out of it.  When you're finished, you can stick a push pin onto the shorter base of the trapezoid for a handle for the stamp.  The only problem that you might encounter with doing this is that there are sometimes holes in the middle of the cork...but you'd be able to see this after you make the first cut.

I've also thought about carving all around the cork and making a stamp that you can roll (like a paint roller).  Hehe, if anyone tries that, let me know how it goes!
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2006 07:18:11 AM »

I like these, they'd be good if you wanted to seal an envelope with a stamp,with say,your initial or a picture of yourself or something. It saves buying the expensive ones in craft shops Smiley ...(I say expensive,they're only a few quid each, but I have no money Tongue).
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2006 12:11:21 PM »

Sometimes I just stick a metal button in the end of a cork to make a faux wax seal. You just then use ink and Utee and while it's hot press your "seal" into it. I haven't tried the carving thing yet though! Great idea.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2006 06:47:15 AM »

i haven't done these myself, but i've also seen them, where patterns were cut out of the long side of the cork.  that way you can roll it over the paper to create borders and things. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2006 08:02:43 AM »

That's an awesome idea! I think I'll try something simple first like a rabbit outline. I drink, um, lots of wine! =)
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2006 06:11:10 AM »

Now i know how to recycle all the corks i have laying around now! They would be great to mini stamp on some stationary.
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