Monday, March 8, 2010

Transforming a silver meat dome

First I must make a disclaimer that this is not a thrifty project. Sorry about that gals but I love this so much I still had to include it.  If you are handy and have the right tools this project could be done without breaking the bank.

We have all seen these vintage silver meat domes and if you are like me I really, really wanted one. They can be pretty expensive, a lot more than  I normally spend on accessories. In good condition the silver plated domes can cost up to $300 or more. I found a cheaper option.


Finished project


 Any metal will work to create the back.



Inside of dome.

The key here is finding a dome with some damage to one side. You can occasionally find these on ebay or in antique shops. I have seen large damaged domes for as cheap as $50.00.  Take the dome to a metal shop, or if you have the right equipment  you can do it yourself, and have the dome cut in half.  Leave the handle attached on the undamaged side of the dome. The metal shop can spot weld a piece of metal to the back and drill holes for hanging. This makes a vase out of the dome. You can also have them add a metal piece to the top for a shelf. To save money you could also leave the dome backless and spot weld  hangers to the top.

I left my dome as a vase so it could be more versatile. I just added the transferware platter above using a plate hanger.  You can sell the damaged part of the dome for the silver content as scrap to recoup some of the cost.  I hope this inspires you to look at damaged objects differently and know that they can be turned into something beautiful.

A very special thank you goes out to Regan at  A Day In The Life...  for her generous giveaway. I was the lucky winner of these wonderful candlesticks. If you haven't visited A Day In The Life please drop by this wonderful blog and tell Regan I sent you.


Thanks again Reagan!

15 comments:

Beth said...

That's really neat. You did a great job. Love the candlesticks you won, also!

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~ Regan said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I'm glad you like them! :)

daylily777 said...

Very nice & congrats on winning the candlesticks !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sherry, We must be twins! Your beautiful silver project literally made my heart stop! This is exqusite! I can see that you have an appreciation for silver and beautiful dishes... I do too! Oh I just love this project and would love to have one for my home. So, so beautiful!!!!! Thanks for this fabulous post.
Yvonne

Nancy said...

Ah ha...I have been wondering what that was under your platter! Now I know! I knew I liked it and believe I even commented on it when I first came across your blog! It's just beautiful...now I've just got to find one!!! Great idea, gorgeous result!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I had to come back for a second look. I am going to try to make one of these fabulous decorations, too. And I am now a new follower!
Yvonne

julie said...

Hi Sherry, OMG the half dome is absolutely grand. I just love the look. How very, very cleaver. Your blog always looks so pretty.
Thanks for stopping by...julie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry...

Oooh...I have always wanted a silver meat dome and you're right...they are expensive! But, I would have never dreamed of making a wall pocket (I guess that is what you would call it?) out of one! What a GRAND idea! I just love this look and it would be so pretty at my place! I would love to see photos of how you are displaying yours! You know, my husband is a metal fabricator...so he could do this for me! Wow...you have really got my ol' creative wheels turning, my friend! Hehe! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!!!

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Birds of a Feather tablescape...and for leaving me such a sweet note! Thank you, Sherry!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Oops...just lil' ol' me again! hehe! I wanted to say how beautiful your silver candleholders are! Are they mercury glass? They really are pretty! Congratulations for winning those!

Chari

Shelia said...

Hi Sherry! Congratulations on your win of those gorgeous candlesticks!
Now aren't you the smartest one! Who ever would have thought to do this! This looks awesome!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Low Tide High Style said...

Congratulations on winning those lovely candlesticks! And your dome is spectacular, what a wonderful idea!

Kat :)

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I love the idea of this as a planter or a shelf! So creative and beautiful at the same time. I will keep an eye out for domes in all conditions!!

Amy

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hui Sherry! What a fabulous idea! Now I want one! lol And of course, I love your blue and white plates! Happy week!...Debbie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great idea! That looks so pretty. You should link this to the repurposing event at "Prior". laurie