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31 March 2004 1121 BST
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These corks are what you need to get started
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You will need:

16 corks from wine bottles
A ball of string
A pair of scissors
Cocktail sticks (rounded)
Wooden skewers
Cardboard
Step 1

We need to make four rows of corks. Each row will comprise of four corks joined together end to end with cocktail sticks.



Pic: join corks.
Join the corks using cocktail sticks

Pic: join four corks.
Join together a row of four corks

 

Snap a cocktail stick in half and put it into the end of a cork and push it in until its half way through. Put the end of another cork onto the end of the stick and push the corks together.
Continue doing this until until you have a row of four corks (see above).

And then keep going until you have four rows of corks.
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Line up the four rows of corks


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Measure the length of skewer needed

 

Step 2

Make the rods that sit across the rows of corks and allow us to tie them all together.

Take two skewers and place them across the rows of corks to measure the length of rod needed.
Step 3

Break the skewers at the right length (discard the pointed end). When you have four pairs of rods, cut a piece of string and tie it to the end of one pair of rods.
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Tie together the pairs of rods

 

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