Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary . . .
Yes, I know it's not October.
The fact is, Sunday, January 28 marks the 167 anniversary of the publication of "The Raven," and that reminded me of a craft project I did a few years ago.
I came across the idea on Bungalow. Basically, it's a homemade wire cloche, fashioned from chicken wire and bits and pieces of left over crafting junk.
This project was originally intended as a Halloween decoration, but as all cloche lovers know, it can be used throughout the year by simply changing it's contents and surrounding adornments.
In addition to a couple of feet of chicken wire,
all you'll need is a little spray paint,
something for the top notch,
a wire cutter, needle nose pliers,
and the time.
Let me say that one more time.
WEAR PROTECTIVE EYE GEAR!
I own two glass cloches, but there are times when only this wire cloche will do.
The valentine dessert dish inside the cloche is really a tad too wide for either of my glass cloches. The sides of the wire cloche are very forgiving and the plate slips inside nicely.
It makes a great patio cloche too. The wire gives it an outdoorsy feel, and there's no fear of breakage.
Best of all, if you need to tweak the items inside the cloche, you can use a skewer or tweezers to help arrange things.
|After forming the chicken wire into a tube, make vertical cuts all around the top. Fold the wire strips over onto each other. |
Trim the excess wire a little at a time.
form a smooth dome.
This is a much easier than it might appear.
The biggest problem is that it's tedious. Snipping and crimping, snipping and crimping. Proceed slowly.
A drawer pull was originally used at the top. A paper mache ball, painted the appropriate holiday colors, slips over the drawer pull when needed.
|Once upon a midday chilly, while I wandered willy-nilly,|
Through many a quaint and curious forum, devoted to forgotten crafts,
While I nodded, nearly dozing, there flashed on screen, quite imposing,
As though the spirits were proposing, this project with its various drafts.
“Tis very clever,“ I muttered. “But there’s no steps, no helpful graphs -
Still, I'll try it, just for laughs.”
I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.