I won't lie to you reader, I don't like going to a specific shape for a bottle stopper.
I mean, look at my store, does that really surprise you? Each of them have a unique shape, and each have a different almost personality. Why? Because I don't draw lines and I often don't even know what the shape will look like until I get the block of wood down to a cylinder.
So what is my process? Often times it's working the block down to a cylinder and looking at the wood grain. If I'm doing acrylic, I'll sand it to 120 grit, then use a plastic polish to see the swirls of colors. I rarely go for a perfect polish in either case as I still need to get the shape finalized. In fact, I can only recall one block that felt like simplicity would be best, this one. The swirls in the material looked like the void, I wanted to make it look rather simple, but I wanted it to show off the depth of the colors. The top is rounded to add depth to the colors on the top. On the other hand, one of the pieces that felt like it was begging to be extravagant is this one. While half of the wood was the solid pale sap wood, the rest was a collection of rather close grain lines and added a whole other level of visual interest to the piece.
I hope this gave you a better understanding of my thinking when I turn my bottle stoppers. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.
Until next time,