Metal wine corks provide a more permanent alternative to real or synthetic corks, suitable for both disposable wine bottles and wine decanters. The basic cone shape of this cork fits bottles of varying sizes and provides an attractive topper to accent a glass container. Create your own metal wine cork for use with your next bottle of wine or as a gift for a wine enthusiast.
- Aluminum sheet metal
- Drafting compass
- Tin snips
- Masking tape
- Welding epoxy
- Decorative metal hardware peg, 4-inch
- Rotary power tool
- Metal grinding bit
- Silicone adhesive
Draft a pattern of two circles on the sheet metal using the drafting compass, one circle in the middle of the other. Make the larger circle 3 inches wide and the small circle 1/2 inch wide.
Cut out the circle using the tin snips. Cut a straight line from the edge of the large circle into the middle to cut out the small circle.
Remove a strip of material from the side of the circle. Make this piece ¼ of the material or 90 degrees of the total circle.
Wrap the metal piece into a cone shape. Touch the flat ends together and bend the rest of the metal with your hands into a curve so that these ends will stay together on their own, as much as possible. Secure the shape with strips of masking tape on the outside.
Mix three tablespoons of the welding epoxy, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Fill the metal cone with welding epoxy. Place the hardware peg inside while the epoxy is still soft. Hold the peg in the middle while the epoxy sets so that it will stay upright.
Prop up the cone in a ball of aluminum foil. Leave it here while the epoxy cures.
Remove the masking tape from the cone.
Fit the rotary power tool with a metal grinding attachment. Turn it on to a high speed.
Grind down any epoxy that's oozed out from the sides or bottom of the cone piece. Grind down any sharp edges and the bottom tip of the cone shape, as well, to make them round and smooth to the touch.
Apply a thin coat of silicone adhesive to the lower half of the cone to coat it. Spread the silicone in place with a wet finger. Prop the metal cork upside-down in the aluminum foil ball and let the glue cure for 24 hours; once cured, it will provide a rubbery coating and allow the cork to seal.
- "The Big-Ass Book of Crafts;" Mark Montano, et al.; 2008