Iron Crafter's secret ingredient is knobs! Here is my project to toss in the ring! The mini cloche!
This is my second mini cloche. It is made from a glass votive holder whose stand is long since gone, a knob and a saucer. I used Gorilla Glue to secure the knob to the top (or bottom, actually) of the glass dome.
This knob came from an old dresser drawer. I used some painters tape to hold everything in place while the glue dried.
A word about the glue. Gorilla Glue is amazing, and will certainly support the occasional lifting of the cloche top. However, when I washed my first cloche the knob did come off. Water got under the seal. The knob is small and the glass is smooth so this isn't the ideal bonding situation. Just be careful
The scale of these cloches is somewhat limiting. They are indeed "mini." It's hard to decide what to put in them. These are my grandmother's pearls and my father's wings. I think they look quite elegant displayed like this.
Below is my first mini cloche made from a knob, a coaster and a juice glass.
I can't remember where I saw the first homemade cloche, but it went to the top of my "to do" list. I scoured thrift stores for a cheese plate I could use. Nothing. I looked at every bowl and vase for the right proportions. I wanted a rounded shape with a little bottom-to-be-top. Finally, about a year later, at the 99 Cents Only store, I spotted an adorable rounded juice glass with a tiny bottom. A mini cloche it would be.
Here is the juice glass as intended to give you an idea of shape.
To give you an idea of the scale, the base is an old coaster. The knob is a wooden knob spray painted to match the coaster.
This cloche contains a grape vine wreath napkin ring made into a nest with some moss, clay eggs, and paper scraps.
The tag uses this terrific image from the Graphics Fairy. I couldn't believe how nice this image printed out even at a fraction of the original size.
I think a collection of mini cloches displayed together would be very sweet. The knobs make them so different. I'd love to find a pretty glass knob to use one day.
Be sure to check out the other Iron Crafters. Happy Friday!