Halloween Cloche Tutorial
Our Halloween theme this year is 'Victorian Gothic' so, not surprisingly, bell jars, cloches, apothecary jars and other weird and wonderful curiosities all feature prominently.
We've collected lots of great items but something exciting happens when 'treasures' are placed under glass, as they instantly become even more special! Our displayed specimens also have authentic looking museum labels, which I created in a gorgeous copperplate script, adding to the Victorian curiosities feel.
I love cloches and bell jars but found them shockingly expensive in the shops and I needed loads to transform our home into the abode of a slightly eccentric Victorian family, so I set about making my own. I've already shared a tutorial on the smaller cloches, two of which you can see on either side of the top hat wearing skull. They looked great, but I also wanted a few taller ones for our larger exhibits so when I found a (very) kitsch plastic dome clock at my local car boot fair I knew I had struck thrifting gold! I subsequently found another six, paying between 50p and £1.00 for each, leading to my next Halloween Craft DIY;
Thrifted dome clock
Small handle or knob
Dremel or drill
Firstly remove the clock itself as only the base and dome are needed. Simply turn the clock over and unscrew, retaining the removed parts for a later project.
The next step is to cover the holes left from the clock with a circle of acetate. I upcycled mine from the clear window commonly found in packaging. It needs to be the same size as the inner circle on the base. Stick into place and then spray paint black.
If your dome is plastic rather than glass, drill a hole in the top and attach a small cabinet handle. Mine was originally a rather bright brass colour so I sprayed it black to perfectly match the base.
...from plastic clock to perfect cloche!
What will you display in yours?