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08-15-2002, 12:19 PM
Can someone tell me how to put a hole in a cork. This is with out it breaking apart. I also need to cut it is there an easy way to do this? :confused:
08-15-2002, 12:36 PM
Typically, you would use a punch much like a paper punch. There are also punches made for leather that should work too.
Though a punch would work for sheet cork, I don't think it would work for actual corks, if that makes any sense.
I have some little corks here that I wanted to put holes in (for vessels) but I haven't tried it yet. I thought I'd try a heated darning needle first.
08-15-2002, 03:52 PM
I would try a very fine drill bit.
08-15-2002, 04:52 PM
I missed the "a cork" part of that post.
There are "drills" used for making a hole through a rubber stopper, which are basically a round brass tube with a sharp edge.
If you have a local hobby store, you can buy many sizes of brass tubing. You could then sharpen the outer edge with sandpaper or a small file. You then "drill" the cork by twisting back and forth until you get through. You might have to pull the tube out a couple of times and push the cork "plug' out of it with a clean mandrel.
08-15-2002, 07:50 PM
Hey Laurie, remember when I posted a pic of my first vessel with cork? Is that what you want to do with it? I used my diamond bead bit on my dremel and it put the perfect hole to insert a piece of silver wire through it. As far as cutting one, an electric turkey knife, BE CAREFUL, will easily cut it...
08-15-2002, 09:04 PM
While waiting for nerve and money to lampwork, I got into polyclay..my tool of choice being a razor blade. They work great to wittle down or slice the end off of corks.I don't wanna' put wire into my stopper as it may react w/ the essential oil in the vessel..so I'll keep it simple w/ a cork head..helensharvest
08-15-2002, 09:09 PM
I'm wondering if it would help to soak it or coat it in something to keep it from crumbling?
I know that when I open a bottle of wine :p the cork has absorbed some of the liquid, so maybe you could weight it down in some water.
The dremel sounds like a good way to go - start with the smallest bit and work up.
Anway, that's my 2 cents worth!
08-15-2002, 09:22 PM
Thanks for all the good advice. I will try them all see which one works. You guys rock:D
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