Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cork Crafts get loony with the Instant Pot!

I've been working on building my wine collection, but only seem to have success collecting corks. In an effort to find ways to use them creatively, I stumbled upon a crafty technique that may be helpful for my fellow Instant Pot owners! (And you thought your Instant Pot was only useful for cooking.)

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon

Here are the steps for my Instant Pot Cork Craft - 


1. Add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the Instant Pot bowl, insert a steamer basket, and add a handful of corks.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon


 2. Close and lock the lid, push the steam button, and set the timer for five minutes. (I'd like to experiment with a few additional minutes.)

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon

3. Make sure the vent is set to sealing!

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon


4. When the cycle is complete, release the steam. Check out how plump and soft the corks look compared to when I first put them into the pot!

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

5. Slice the corks with a sharp knife and cutting board to create disk shapes that can be stamped or decorated.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

6. Channel your inner "sushi chef" and carefully use a knife to slice away the outer layer of the cork, just like a cucumber. Below is my first attempt.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

7. Try again, this time with a fabulous cork from Smoking Loon.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

8. I can only imagine I'll achieve better results with more practice. (I have plenty of practice materials available.)

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

9. Place the cork under something heavy to flatten overnight. Then, use Club Scrap's awesome Bookbinding Glue to adhere the cork to a cardstock panel. Once again, place under a heavy object to dry, and the cork will remain flat.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

10. My "heavy object" is an old dictionary I use for paper crafting. Tear out the "loon" page and incorporate into the front panel of the card.

Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

11. Stamp the loon image from Club Scrap's Adirondacks stamp sheet onto the card with India Black Ink.
Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

12. Adhere the art panel onto a folded card base and hand this beauty to a wine-lover who will enjoy it!
Tutorial on peeling corks with an Instant Pot #clubscrap #instantpot #smokingloon #corkcrafts

Thanks for checking out my "loony" cork craft! I can't wait to make more!
Tricia

16 comments:

  1. That is trying amazing.... who knew? Will this be a retreat project? I don't have "loon" corks ... sigh

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    1. I'd love to offer it as a retreat project but hesitate because of the knife usage. This is probably something to experiment with independently. ;) However, Smoking Loon has excellent distribution on their popular wines!

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  2. OOOOOhhhh my! This is AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I thought this post might "speak to you." LOL

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  3. Wow Tricia! I really thought I had seen it all. This is so cool.

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  4. Where there’s a wine, there’s a way! Super creative Tricia!

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  5. Totatally awesome idea and it makes a beautiful card.
    Very inventive recycling, Tricia.

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    1. Thanks, Hetty. Necessity is the mother of invention! LOL

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  6. Awesome idea and the perfect cork for this card!

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  7. Great idea Tricia and your first efforts came out great! Any idea what you'll use the cork rounds for? I can see stamping on them for an embellishment.

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  8. wow...how cool is this...very creative for a lovely card.
    :) Karen

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