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My sister-in-law was recently married, and she had requested some wine bottle stoppers from me to be given out as party favors at her reception. The order was for 85 of them! To keep the costs down, they requested silicone, which was fine by me! Silicone stoppers are easier because you can just turn a tenon for the silicone instead of drilling a hole and keeping it centered for a metal stopper. It was fun, but difficult to come up with 85 unique design ideas for stoppers. And, at 30 min each, it was pretty time consuming for someone who has three other jobs. :)

When we got there, we put a tag on each one with the bride and groom's logo on one side, and my website on the other. Hurray for free advertising! :D

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very cool project!!! great way to help make such a memorable day even better!!

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That's a whole lotta stoppers Dano. Neat pics, good job.
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very nice dano! I hope you get some more business out of these. Sounds like a good opportunity.

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That is really cool, I made two for my wife to give out tot one of her friends for a bday gift and I thought I was under the gun because she decided the day before. I cannot imagine making all of those!

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Thanks guys! It was a job doing that many, but it gave me the opportunity to try some things with stoppers that I'd been wanting to try.
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Nice collection of stoppers.

What sort of finish treatment do they get?
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The finish for all of my stoppers is:
-sand to 600 with paper, then 12000 with micromesh
-blow off dust with air hose
-rub it down with lacquer while it's turning, then dry / buff it with a dry paper towel (two coats of lacquer)
-polish with Shellawax friction polish (two coats)
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I'm gearing up for the same thing. 100 Chrome stoppers with the custom wood burning on the top for a wedding. I have a year to do them so I have time. And because it is for my wife's friend and free advertising I have to give a DEEP discount.

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Yeah, we didn't make any money on that job. Barely covered costs. Doing jobs for family can be a touchy subject!

I don't envy you if you're making chrome stoppers. The silicone was easy enough, I didn't have to drill anything. I just turned a tennon for the silicone, then finished the knob. I frequently end up wallowing out the hole when I use the mandrel for the metal stoppers - especially with some of these soft exotics.

GL and be sure to post some pics! I'd like to see how your burning comes out.
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