I have a cork-monogrammed R on top of my refrigerator, and I always get compliments on it. When my friend Jackie K. admired it, I knew I had to make one for her. Cork projects aren’t difficult to do — after all, who minds collecting corks?! — but certain materials make the job easier. Read the rest of this entry
I love how this looks in my garden, but the making of the corked garden sphere was a pain in the neck! I harvested from my cork collection (how did it get so large?!) and glued the corks on to a cheap, round light fixture.
I used a tube of clear silicone to do the attaching.
The gluing wasn’t difficult, but it was frustrating and time consuming. Each cork threw the sphere off balance, so I had to adjust the sphere routinely in order to keep the topmost area free for a new cork or two.
Then I had to let the silicone set before I could readjust and add more. Patience is not my strong suit, but I found I could add a few corks, read a little, add a few more corks, clean a little, add a few more corks, cook a little, …. You get the idea! I’m very please with the final outcome.
You’ve probably seen a million of these cork balls on the Internet — my post will be different from the others only in the lessons I learned along the way. Saving the corks was the easy part! I also bought a green Styrofoam ball (probably 6″ in diameter). I used brown craft paint to cover the Styrofoam. I only used one coat — it wasn’t a great job — but my intent was to eliminate some of the green from the original ball’s color. Mission accomplished. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve all seen cork projects scattered over Pinterest, and this one is no exception. My post, however, will help you avoid the crapsmanship that I used for my first monogram — an R that sits above my refrigerator. (I know, the photo’s too dark. I’ve got to learn how to take better pix!) CRAP ALERT: I made two easily avoidable errors. First I used one black cork. It just looks like a blank space, right? Don’t use a black cork; you’ll be sorry!
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