Bottle stoppers are wonderful functional items for your home and for gifts. Also many turners make a good income selling bottlestoppers.
Bottle stoppers can be made out of single wood, laminations, segmented, inlaid, carved or otherwise decorated and embellished. The stopper itself can be made of cork, silicon or metal stopper mechanisms.
Bottle stoppers can be used in wine bottles but also in gourmet vinegar, oil and decor jars. So, they are very versatile.
Due to the small size, easy lathe mounting and fast turning time, these are great beginner projects. We hope that you'll try it yourself!
Ed Davidson has started creating bottle stopper blanks out of Polyester Resin. This material allows Ed to create a wide range of interesting blanks in all types of colors. Since resin turns and finishes differently than wood, it's important to get the basics down before starting one.
Ed goes through the entire process on properly turning and finishing a Polyester Resin bottle stopper.
In this photo tutorial, Ed shows how to turn a captured cabochon bottle stopper using custom made blanks. This blanks have a wide range of images imbedded into a cast plastic resin. They are wonderful designs and a bit different than the normal solid wood stoppers.
If you are interested in making bottlestoppers, the first thing that you have to figure out is how am I going to hold the wood on the lathe. It is a spindle oriented turning but you can't just hold it between centers because you want to turn on the very end of the stopper.
In this article, Ed hows 5 different ways to accomplish the work holding!! It should be easy for you to find one that works for you!
In this written article, Charles gives a step-by-step description on how to make bottlestoppers. At the end of the project, he has a nice hand-drawn "Examples of Shapes". I liked these examples very much as they really helped me make some design designs. In addition, he shows a spindle and defines all the components that can be turned into it. This was very educational!!
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