Queen City Drinks: Make your own DIY cork cage turtle

This is a trick I picked up from a beer tender at the World of Beer in Columbus back when it first opened.

I don’t remember exactly how she did it but after a few months I nailed it and have perfected it over and over since then.

First step is to get a corked and caged beer -- a variety of these should be available from any local better beer seller.

Also, if you want to practice a bunch you can buy a bag of cages from most local homebrew supply shops like Osborn Brewing .

Here are some quick instructions:

diy cork cage turtle
  • Take the cage and bend each of the legs, and the ring with it, outwards. Bend each leg a bit at a time moving around the cage as you go.
diy cork cage turtle
  • Once the legs are all doubled up use your fingers and a pair of pliers to bend the ring in under the cap. This helps the ring hold the cap in -- that one took me time to learn.
diy cork cage turtle
  • Now take the loop at the end of the ring, which had been twisted up, and twist slightly while pushing in and tucking under the cap. This is kind of option, you could leave the neck long and make it more like an Apatosaurus.
diy cork cage turtle
  • Most cages I’ve encountered have two strands of the metal intertwined together on the opposite side of the head. I usually take the pliers and bend this bit in under the cap. Optionally, if going for an Apatosaurus, squeeze this part together and pull it out a bit to make the tail.
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  • I then squeeze the legs together and being to adjust them so it stands level
diy cork cage turtle

It’s a fun easy thing to occupy yourself with while hanging out with friends at a bottle share.

Keep a collection as you perfect your art then build your own turtle clan of your favorite caps or give them away to friends and family.

diy cork cage turtle

Heck, some folks would probably pay money for them on Etsy.

Let me know if you have any questions about the process or if you have any cool craft beer crafts to share at: http://queencitydrinks.com/ or https://twitter.com/QueenCityDrinks

diy cork cage turtle

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