Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wine Cork Table Top

Well, I said I wouldn't do it... but here I am again, creating a table top out of an unusual material.  Remember my penny tiling adventures from this summer?

Here is the table top I made, to jog your memory, or incase you are new here:


Which looks like this up close:


The shiny stuff on top is resin, which I had a lot of issues with (it is REALLY testy stuff!). But, when I was approached by a different designer a few months ago to try my hand at a similar project, I said yes. This time, I am using wine corks for my wine-loving client. He collected the corks, sent them over along with his table, and I am creating a custom table using his corks. I imagine it will be pretty neat for him to be able to look back and remember a certain bottle or memory associated with that bottle. 

Right now, I have just chopped the corks in halves and glued them to the table. This part took about 4 hours or so. I haven't done the resin pour, but I am feeling more confident about it this time. In fact, I kind of feel like I could work at the help desk for the resin company at this point. Hah!

Here's what I'm working with so far:

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The glue is still wet, hence the white. It'll dry clear, and then I'll do the resin pour on top.

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Wish me luck on the pour! I am crossing my fingers that my four previous pours with the penny table will give me experience enough to do this one completely properly. It's a fun challenge, either way. I have to admit -- I kind of love this stuff. It's always fun to me, to learn a new technique or about a new product, and it keeps my job interesting! 


  1. Will your resin pour be the depth of the cork? Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  2. Melissa, yes! the corks are actually cut in half, lengthwise, so they're about an inch tall or so.

  3. Very cool! How did you cut your corks and what will you use to keep the resin from running off the table? I've got more corks than I know what to do with. This would be awesome!

  4. Sue - I cut them with a bread knife. It was actually pretty easy. I just did a half chop, then was able to snap the rest with my hands. It did take a while, though.

    To keep the resin from running off the table, painter's tape works just fine! I do a few laps around and then it's easy peasy. When you peel the tape off, some of it might stick to the resin at first, but it comes off easy with acetone.

  5. That's gonna look so nice! I LOVE the penny table!

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  7. This looks so cool. So the resin will be about an 1" thick? Sounds tricky! Keep us posted and best of luck.
    xo Nancy

  8. I am wanting to do something like this, but with my Mardi Gras beads. I belong to two Krewes and each year we have signature beads. I would love to do a table or bar top using the beads and maybe add pictures of friends who are in the krewe. Would the resin mess up the pictures? Robin

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