It’s my 25th birthday coming up. We’re going to a wine tasting event, Corks & Forks, here in Olympia to celebrate. Unlimited wine and appetizers for only $10?! Count me in. Even though I was originally invited to this event as part of the Olympia Ladies Drinking Club, we’ve decided that husbands and boyfriends can come along this time.
I thought I better prepare myself for all the bottles of wine I am going to win in the raffle and all the bottles my friends are going to buy for me, since it’s my birthday and all, by making a customized wine stopper. I was cruising around Bello Modo’s bead warehouse when this glimmering beauty caught my eye:
A creatable wine stopper seemed like a fun and easy project, so I bought my supplies and got down to business.
What you will need:
3 10mm jump rings – color of choice
40 2” Headpin 21 gage – color of choice
A bunch of random, different sized beads, colors of choice
First, I chose a color scheme for my beads. You don’t have to do this but I enjoy complementing colors, so I chose green, teal, white, and purple. I even managed to find some tiny grape shaped beads, which I accented with leaf and flower shapes.
Next, arrange your beads on the headpin in an aesthetically pleasing way, like this:
After finding an arrangement, twist the end of the headpin into a loop. If you don’t know how to do this, here is a great video showing you how to make loops at either end of a bead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXUVUVLF6fk
Make about 30-40 of these arrangements. They can vary in different lengths and bead size. It really doesn’t take long to put these together.
Next, attach three jump rings to your wine stopper. Thread your bead pins onto each ring, about 8-10 bead pins per ring, and then close the ring tightly so your pins don’t fall off. Add more if desired. The end result should be in a sort of spherical shape. Here’s my finished stopper:
Now you have an elaborate topper for your fancy bottle of wine. Maybe you don’t drink, that’s okay. You can use it to cork your kombucha, or maybe your bottle of San Pellegrino. It also makes a great, easy gift for friends and family.
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