Have you ever been casually browsing through second-hand stores when you come across random items that, when grouped together, cause you to become over-the-top excited, as you realize in a “light bulb moment” just what they are destined to become?! The kind of excitement that causes you rush home and get right to work on that project in spite of all the other things around the house that are calling out for attention? That’s EXACTLY what happened on my last junkin’ trip when I came across the fabulous items I used to make these Junky Chicken Wire Cloches. The last time I paid a visit to The Second Hand Rose store owner Terry took me behind the locked gate into his back yard of broken and not so nice items. I couldn’t believe my great fortune! Here are just a few of the things I came home with that day. An acorn knob, an old faucet handle, two silver plated stands and a couple of pocket watches for Mr. OTN (these will not be a part of this junky project but I do see them in a future vignette).
Add to these items a roll of chicken wire that was bouncing around in my garage (the remains of my Chicken Wire Message Board),
All of these items together cried out, “Junky Chicken Wire Cloche!” If you’re like me you get that, right? So here is the “how to” for making one of your own:
WARNING: Making a chicken wire cloche is simple but it can also be dangerous. I’d advise wearing gloves to avoid injury. That said, I didn’t wear gloves myself because I like to work au naturel so I can get the whole experience . . . OR . . . I was in too much of a hurry to go find the silly gloves!
Once you’ve measured the diameter of your base make your piece of chicken wire just a little bit smaller to fit inside the base, then crimp the edges of the wire over to hold the shape (acrylic nails are a great tool for this step). Snip off any excess with wire cutters.
When all the ends of the wire are secured you’ll end up with a really tall tube of chicken wire. Once you decide how tall you’d like your cloche to be you’ll start scrunching the wire together at that point. It is helpful to have a big pair of pliers to aid in the scrunching. When completely scrunched (fun word) cut your chicken wire with a sharp pair of wire cutters. You can see that this piece of wire actually made two cloches.
Next, you can add any kind of top you’d like . . . a doorknob, a cabinet pull, an old piece of jewelry, etc. I attached the cloche topper I used here by using my pliers to scrunch the chicken wire around it. It held pretty tight just as it was but I added a piece of flexible wire to secure it fully.
After attaching the decorative tops I taped them off and sprayed the chicken wire with the oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I also cut a circle out of the decorative metal to make a “floor” for the cloche and spray painted that at the same time.
That’s pretty much it. Fill your cloche with some fun things from around the house and there you have it.
I must admit I am a bit smitten with cloches. I have one on my coffee table that I change with the seasons, and I did a whole post on Christmas Cloches last year. If you’d like you can view that HERE. Do you use cloches in your home decor? What do you like to fill them with? Hmmm . . . perhaps the pocket watches I found on this junking trip will be a part of my New Year’s display. Happy clocheing to you!
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