In the Studio

 

A lot of time, effort, and care goes into each piece of Sparkling Vine jewelry. Many of the pieces take several hours to design, construct, and assemble. Here's a peek behind the scenes so you can see how I turn a simple wine cork into a piece of wearable art!

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Prepping the Corks

 

First, I choose several corks from my "private selection" and cut each one by hand. I try to cut straight, but inevitably I'll end up with some ridges and rough spots that need to be smoothed out.

 

Next, I hand-sand the pieces, making sure to also remove the names of the wineries to avoid any legal issues and because it just looks cleaner. I don't use machines - I do it all manually until my fingers start cramping up! I admit, this is not my favorite part. I prefer what comes next ...

Time to Design!

 

I use acrylic paints and even wine to tint the corks and give them a subtle wash of color, then I add some shimmer and glaze to make them shine. I embellish the corks with Swarovski crystals, bits of fabric, and other designs like hand-drawn art. I finish off the pieces by adding sparkly Czech glass crystals and charms. When I'm coming up with new designs, I play around with different configurations and colors until I'm pleased with the final result. 

And that's how I make my cork pieces! As you can see, it's a lot of painstaking work, but it's worth it to be able to create a beautiful and unique piece of jewelry out of something that would otherwise be thrown in the trash.

 

Thanks for visiting me in the studio! Explore the Cork Collection here.

 

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