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Post: #8379 Shirley
Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:46 pm

I found a great site today - I've been collecting wine bottle corks for ages now with a view of making a cork notice board and just happened to find this.... I've now got a much bigger plan as I now want to fill the wall behind my pc with corks having seen the pic on this site..... http://www.stratsplace.com/graphics/cor ... wall_1.jpg the guy who did it initially worked in a wine bar so I guess I'll have to drink a lot of wine to get anywhere near enough... actually I'll probably ask the local hotels/pubs to save their wine corks for me otherwise I'll be retired before I get it done.

Anyway - have a look - and if you can come up with any other suggestions for reusing/recyling corks then please post here.

http://www.stratsplace.com/how_corks.html
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Post: #8397 hedgewitch
Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:55 pm

Oh WOW!!!!!
That is awesome!!
What a great way to re-cycle corks, and I bet it helps insulate too. How eco friendly is that!
I LOVE it!
I'm gonna do the same, so shirlz.....I'll race ya!

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Post: #8400 Tigerhair
Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:22 pm

Perhaps we could save them for you and send them to you?
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Post: #8401 Shirley
Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:17 pm

yay!! the race is on.......


And YES... please do send the corks... pm and I'll email my address to you.

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Post: #8402 Tigerhair
Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:23 pm

Will start collecting them (don't drink huge amounts) and ask the people at work to do so, then I'll pm you! You must promise to post a picture of the finished work of art, though!

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Post: #8403 Shirley
Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:28 pm

Ohhh i promise I promise!!

I've got a few already as I was saving them for a cork board but this is so much better!!!! Got a way to go yet though :D

Will take photo of proposed area first and give measurements... that's fair! Just give me time to tidy up LMAO!!!!

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Post: #8406 wulf
Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:58 am

I've been saving corks for my parents for several years now - one of these days, they plan to make a cork board. I'll have to send them a link to this thread though to give them some encouragement!

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Post: #8407 ina
Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:46 am

Brilliant idea! I'll be collecting for you... (Good excuse to have a bottle or two at the weekend!) I can ask colleagues, too.

There's a charity in Germany, in a village called "Kork" (the German for cork), a workshop for disabled people, where they recycle corks into insulating material. Makes for a good slogan: "Korken für Kork" (corks for Cork)! We were "drinking for Kork" for many years... :drunken:

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Post: #8416 Chickenlady
Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:26 pm

A friend of mine made an excellent fly screen with his old corks, just by threading them through string, knotting it and adding another one. He hung them on an interesting nobbly bit of wood he found and hung it from the door. It looks most impressive!

I hate the plastic 'corks' you get now and try to avoid them. I tend to compost mine, but now I will keep them! ( A ready supply now that OH has started making his own wine...hic!)
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Post: #8434 Shirley
Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:38 pm

I love the idea of the fly screen - had thought about doing one of those too, but will need millions of corks lol.... still, a good thing to do at a party isn't it... or it could be a friendship curtain... have a different string for each friend and ask them to bring their own corks to add.

plastic corks - yeah. I don't like those, but more and more wines are using them these days. We did use a slice of one today actually as the foot of the sofa has lost it's little bit of plastic and was scratching the floor. Fixed now!

What kind of wines is your OH making? We want to make some too. We much prefer red wine but can't afford to keep buying it!

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Post: #8561 Tigerhair
Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:17 pm

I have three so far for the collection :)
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Post: #8710 ina
Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:33 pm

The corks are rolling in! I'll send an SOS when I can't get out of my front door anymore... Seriously, two colleagues have sent me their collections so far (one of them anonymously - I wonder why!). If it keeps going like that, you can insulate your entire house with them soon. :wink:

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Post: #8731 Shirley
Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:12 am

wow blimey Ina.... that's fantastic.

Hey... I've missed you... where you been :flower: ?

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Post: #8771 Chickenlady
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:04 pm

Shirlz2005 wrote:


What kind of wines is your OH making? We want to make some too. We much prefer red wine but can't afford to keep buying it!

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He has started gently with a few wine kits, just to get the hang of it. The red came out really well, but the white was a bit sherryish. He will have a go with all the fruit from the allotment next - we still have loads in the freezer!
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Post: #8772 Chickenlady
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:06 pm

BTW, Shirlz, he says with the kit it cost about £1.50 a bottle. It would be much cheaper from scratch, obviously, but possibly not so reliable.
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