Hi everyone! My sweet friend Nancy and I always find wonderful, weird things while we’re out garage saling. One or the other of us will pick something up and say, “Isn’t this interesting? What could we do with it?” Then we’ll stand there for a few minutes shooting ideas out at each other. If one of them sounds good, then we’ll buy the item. Sometimes, we actually follow through on our ideas, and sometimes they turn out pretty cool. I think this may be one of those times–I turned some vintage gutter guard into rustic wire cloches.
What do you think? I saw a roll of gutter guard (not that I knew what it was at the time) at a garage sale, and thought it seemed pretty interesting. With everyone and his brother making cloches out of chicken wire and other materials, I guess it’s natural that making a cloche with it is what occurred to me.
Gutter guard is kind of miniature chicken wire. It comes in rolls about 6″ wide by 25′ long. I guess in the “olden” days, you would lay it over your gutter to keep leaves and other things from clogging it.
I call them rustic because they’re not perfect; they’re kind of bendy and squashy, but sometimes that’s just fine.
I knew I wanted to have a base for the cloche, so I selected a set of pretty white quiche dishes. I measured the circumference and cut that amount from my roll of gutter guard.
The first step involves crinkling up the top in a neat way that draws the mesh together.
I found that by folding it fan-like (zig-zaggy), it brought everything together in a sort of organized way. My folds were about 1/2″ each. I didn’t get too perfectionistic about it. Remember, it’s supposed to be rustic.
Here’s another shot of the fan effect. You can see the cloche starting to take shape.
Here’s what it looks like after I fanned the whole length and then squeeze and pressed it all together.
I connected the ends with three small pieces of wire. I looped it through a wire “hole” on each side, twisted to secure them together, and snipped the ends.
Then I took a few minutes to shape my cloche more evenly and uniformly by putting my hand inside of it and pressing up. Then I glued a vintage knob on the top with hot glue and I was done!
The finished product. I think they could be used in a number of different ways…
Don’t you just love taking someone else’s junk and turning it into a treasure? I’m quite taken with my new gutter guard cloches and am pleased with my follow-through (LOL). That’s one thing removed from my “junk” pile; time to move onto the next fabulous vintage project!
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