This pretty (and slightly spooky) bell jar is my donation to the Housing Works Design on a Dime event next month. It will be in the Nest Interiors NY booth. The scene includes painted branches, resin balls, a vintage glass bird ornament, an antique doll head, as well as assorted trim and bric-a-brac. The palette is unusual for me, but it will make sense with the design. Please attend if you are able. It is a great charity.
I had collected a few vintage tree toppers in gold and silver and liked how they looked as a group. I wanted to find a way to safely and dramatically display them. A glass dome proved to be the perfect solution!
To create this holiday bell jar you will need:
-a glass dome and wood base
-vintage mercury glass spikes
-assorted long screws (and possibly a nut and washer)
-tape (I used electrical)
-polyester (or cotton) fiberfil
-very thin drill bit (for spikes)
Glitter is good.
I own several dozen of different types/sizes of this magical material and over the years have come up with ways to control the glorious chaos of “glittering”. I often buy mine in bulk, and usually receive it in bags which are very messy to use. I keep my large size mica in glass, recycled, peanut butter jars, but I like small shakers for most of what I own.
These small tabletops are tree have a sweet, modern style. They are fairly easy to make and were inspired by a couple of vintage Japanese and Czech trees I own.
You will need:
Chenille pipe cleaners (bump style and regular)
a small block of scrap wood (or foam)
small mercury glass balls (I used 16mm.)
a pencil or similar dowel
You will also need some wire cutters, a drill (if you use wood for base), and hot glue.