Y’all know I rarely have an original idea and this gutter guard cloche is no exception. I know I’ve seen it done on Raised In Cotton and probably some other blogs, and I’ve had it on my mind to make one of these for quite a while now. I found a bunch of old, wire, gutter guards over a year ago at an estate sale and they’ve just been sitting there, mocking, taunting, saying: Here we sit. Make a cloche with one of us! Make it. Make it. Do it. What are you waiting for? How long has it been? You know you wanna. Come on. We don’t think you can. Chic-kennnnn.
It wasn’t that I didn’t think I could. I knew I could do it. Nothing to it. My problem is inertia. And the shop taking over my life, but that’s a whole ‘nuther discussion. So a few days ago, Melanie called and said, let’s get together and make something. She brought a necklace that needed restringing and I got out a gutter guard, some thin wire and a decanter top. (Vintage trim and birds were later added, and I think it would be sweet with a tag. But I didn’t have a tag, so it’s going without one. Maybe someday.)
I believe you can still buy these at the hardware store, but don’t hold me to that. I haven’t actually looked for them. All I did to make this sweet, little cloche, was take the thin, wire that comes on a spool and “sewed”, laced, the wire in and out of the two side edges, so it would hold it’s shape. Stuck the decanter top in the opening at the top and squeezed the guard around the glass top. I’m having trouble getting the finial to stand straight, though. Then, using small pliers, I bent the bottom edge outward to make a “foot”.
Sitting under it is a tiny nest my friend Teri gave me. Teri has an Etsy shop, A Drop In the Bucket for her unique and fun paintings. Talented girl.
If you want to try your hand at making a gutter guard cloche, it’s very simple. Your gutter guard might be misshapen, it might be squished like this:
But the wire bends so easily, it’s no problem to reshape. Just stretch it out and reform it.
This stuff is hard to photograph in detail. I didn’t think about putting paper behind it, but really. You won’t need pictures in that much detail. It’s that easy. Even a caveman can do it!