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Over the last few years I’ve developed a liking for glass cloches and the manner in which beautiful things can be displayed in them. However, my creativity has inspired me not to focus only on glass but on other materials as well. I will share with you some alternative ways to create domes or cloches, which can be used for outside entertaining or to protect new seedlings from birds, frost or snails and other pests.

Recycled items

  • flat-bottomed wire hanging basket (46-cm diameter)

  • 1 piece (75 x 75 cm) 13-mm hexagonal galvanised chicken wire

  • small stainless steel bowl

  • old paperback books

  • porcelain door knob (with screw and nut)

Also needed

  • PVA glue and plate to pour it in

  • wire cutter

  • bent nose pliers

  • drill fitted with 5-mm steel bit

  • garden gloves

Method

  1. Using the ageing technique and burn the hanging basket, chicken wire and stainless steel bowl over an open fire and leave it to cool. Unhook the chain from the basket and set it aside. 

  2. Tear the pages of the book into small pieces to cover the horizontal lines of the basket. Pour some glue into a plate and dip the paper into the glue. Remove the surplus glue with your fingers and stick the paper onto the wire frame until it is entirely covered. Leave the frame to dry.

  3. Lay the chicken wire flat on your working surface and place the hanging basket (covered in paper and fully dried) on its base in the centre of the wire.

  4. Pull the wire over the outside of the basket’s wire frame.

  5. Using a wire cutter, cut away any excess wire then fold it over the edge of the hanging basket. Use bent nose pliers to pull it tightly over the rim.

  6. Work away any loose strands by folding them around the basket rim with the pliers.

  7. Drill a hole in the centre of the stainless steel bowl.

  8. Place the bowl, rim-down, on top of the outer dome of the wire basket. Position the doorknob on top of the bowl, with the attached screw projecting through the drilled hole. Secure the screw with a nut from the other side of the wire, thus creating a handle with which to lift the object.

Caution: Always wear protective gloves (e.g. garden gloves) when doing ‘rough’ work with chicken wire.

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