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Conjuring the Glitter Storm….

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Pink Bell Jar

bell jar bird dome doll head vintage glass bird antique doll head

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.

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How To Make A Christmas Bell Jar with Vintage Tree Toppers

Christmas bell Jar

Christmas bell Jar

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!
Vintage Christmas Tree Toppers Dome
Christmas Bell Jar Antique
Vintage Christmas Bell Jar

To create this holiday bell jar you will need:
-a glass dome and wood base
-tree toppers
-vintage mercury glass spikes
-assorted long screws (and possibly a nut and washer)
-tape (I used electrical)
-polyester (or cotton) fiberfil
-mica flakes
-very thin drill bit (for spikes)
-wire clippers

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Glitter 101: Shakers

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A very small fraction of my glitter collection…

 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.

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Modern Chenille Tabletop Trees


 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

floral tape

You will also need some wire cutters, a drill (if you use wood for base), and hot glue.


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