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.
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!