Whenever my husband and I open a bottle of bubbly (which is unfortunately not often enough!), while I am cheerfully enjoying my drink, he is bending and folding and contorting. Not himself I hasten to add, but the wire of the cork cage – he is shaping it into a mini chair and I always marvel at the finished item – how did he did it with such little effort? It takes me longer to photograph this dainty piece of furniture than it takes him to make it!
I’ve known people to buy this kind of thing as a table decoration/placeholder for weddings and parties so here’s how to do it yourself and save a bit of cash if you want to get this effect for your event (plus you get to drink the champagne in order to use the cork cages!) Maybe start collecting the cages a few months/years before, depending on your usual bubbly consumption, and not all in one go!
- To begin making your basic chair untwist wire which attached the cage to the bottle neck and pull it carefully out from between the main cage wires, leaving a stool.
- Straighten this piece of wire, then bend the wire down to form the sides of the chair back.
- Line up one side wire from your chair back with the twists on the back leg, and twist the wire into the back leg so that the wire twists blend together.
- Repeat this twisting process with the wire on the other side of the leg.
And there you have it – a teeny tiny wire chair! The perfect size for any Borrowers you may have living underneath your floorboards!