What's Under That Glass Dome?

January 14th, 2010 in member junk     
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This guy came off a vintage rodeo trophy from the 30’s. I love the detail and patina in the old metal.
Heres Cowboy in full view. The piece is about 13 tall by 9 at the widest part of the base.
Heres an old Newspaper Boy trophy top piece.
I love the copy at the bottom of Newspaper Boys base.
We call this gal the Winged Goddess with Wreath. She came off a Vollyball Champs trophy from 1941. Note the cog-like foundry mold just below her stand. I thought it looked like a sunburst or star and used it to bring more attention to her.
Just LOVE her!
Heres a quick tip: the difference between glass cloches and glass domes are (basically) the glass knob on top. In this peice I used an old cast iron cake decorating turntable, a vintage discus, a wire flower frog and a flash card.
Glass domes were (and still are) used to showcase a precious item like a pocket watch or doll.
Glass cloches, or bell jars, were (and still are) used to protect an early garden plant from cold & frost, making it easier for them to grow in cold conditions. Vintage ones are especially cool as display pieces.
I tend to lean towards glass domes when making a statement piece and cloches when I want to make a more decorative or garden-like piece. But just remember to go with what looks best to you!
One other pointer: both can be expensive so you need to get creative. I’ve found many a good cloche or dome at the Swap Meet and removed the bad floral arrangement, plastic bird, etc. and repurposed them in my own pieces for a lot less money. I’ve also found that they are a lot less expensive when I buy them from a collectable toys site than one that features home décor...
This guy came off a vintage rodeo trophy from the 30’s. I love the detail and patina in the old metal.

This guy came off a vintage rodeo trophy from the 30’s. I love the detail and patina in the old metal.

Photo: Jenny K Art & Design

I make a lot of art statement pieces using glass domes & cloches. Here are a couple I just finished for a client using vintage trophy toppers as the primary focal point, stacked foundry molds as the base and glass domes on top. My goal with these particular pieces was to keep them really neutral in color and simple in design.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - JennyK Art & Design
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Comments (25)

designerjunkfinder writes: First great idea I've seen with trophy parts..great bases and combination.
Posted: 8:19 pm on March 13th
snowyowl writes: Love these - I have a whole new appreciation for these trophies now. Posted: 10:49 am on January 18th
54girl writes: Nice way to use the trophies!! I also like that you described what a glass dome and a cloche was. I thought they were one in the same. Now I know. I'm just getting into the cloches to display my antiques and having fun with them. Great post!! Mary Posted: 11:32 pm on January 15th
CottageElements writes: Wow! Love these, they are amazing! Wish they were mine :(

Lani Posted: 10:08 pm on January 15th
fellowjunker writes: Hi Jenny,
I so love cloches and glass domes.....and I love what you have done with these vintage tropies. Wonderful as always!!
xojanis Posted: 7:30 pm on January 15th
StrangeCargo writes: Works of art! Thank you for elevating these little guys to prominence again. First time around, a simple trophy; second, an elegant, sophisticated focussed display worthy of this site. They are beautiful.

Also, discovered your website www.junkgirls.com. AWESOME.

Thanks again.

Ken Posted: 5:21 am on January 15th
Prior writes: I love the cake turntable and the way you have displayed it all, Lezlee Posted: 10:24 pm on January 14th
writes: Wow! Thank you for all the fabulous comments. I appreciate each and every one of them.

I'd love to see what you come up with... :-)

Jenny K Posted: 10:05 pm on January 14th
alicemom writes: Oh Jenny,
Those are beautiful. The way you pull together all wonderful elements. Love them & you r client will be over the moon!
smiles, alice Posted: 8:34 pm on January 14th
chippingcharm writes: Amazing...like always! Thanks for the great tips too...Laurel Posted: 8:34 pm on January 14th
junk_grandma writes: Jenny, thanks for the great idea. I usually don't even look at old trophies, but now I will. "One man's junk is a woman's treasure". This is "cream of the crop" junk! Love it, Love it, Love it.... Posted: 7:08 pm on January 14th
upyourattic writes: Jenny~ you've outdone yourself again! And I'm so happy about the info on domes/cloches. I've seen a LOT of domes over a cheese board - in fact, I used one to display a bird's nest once and it worked out great. They're really cheap and will work in a pinch if your object is flatter and shorter! They are all over the thrift stores.

Your trophies are wonderful - how come the only ones I ever find are the cheap plastic ones?

Keep junk-ing and art-ing! Looking forward to the next thing!
patti Posted: 5:46 pm on January 14th
ninnarae writes: Glass domes and trophy toppers...two of my favorite things! I love it, love it...you've made me look at them in a whole new way- thanks! Posted: 3:35 pm on January 14th
Christina_S writes: I love how you gave these pieces the prominence they deserve. Beautiful combination of elements. Posted: 3:14 pm on January 14th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JENNY,
That is neat how you put them sculptures and mold bases and domes alltogether. That is really inspiring.Thank's for sharing.Robert. Posted: 12:10 pm on January 14th
RustyDiva writes: Very cool Jenny ~ love your bases! Posted: 11:24 am on January 14th
bluebucket writes: Fabulous. I agree with CleverThinker, this is the way a trophy really should be. Love the piece in the last picture.
doreen Posted: 11:03 am on January 14th
JunkArchitect writes:
What a beautiful combination of glass, trophy toppers and wood molds. You deserve an award for coming up with such great blending of elements.
I picked up two dozen vintage motorcycle racing trophies a few years back and still haven’t worked them into a project yet. Maybe this will spark an idea.

Posted: 10:45 am on January 14th
Angie_Shabby_Cottage writes: Ooooo... I am currently on a cloche hunt! Thanks for the inspiration!!
http://www.thecountrychiccottage.blogspot.com Posted: 10:29 am on January 14th
junkermidge writes: So cool, as always. Thanks for the info on cloches. A year ago, I had never even heard the word. Now... Great idea using trophy pieces, they are so fun.
Posted: 9:58 am on January 14th
CactusCreek writes: LOVE the simplicty and classic style of this project. Perfect!! Fancy Posted: 9:33 am on January 14th
oldnews writes: Wow Jenny, not only is this a beautiful post, but it's full of great information that we can all use! Beauty, brains and so much talent - you and your art - Amazing! Marie Posted: 9:28 am on January 14th
OLDcrowAntiques writes: What a great idea! Now what did I do with that prize rooster trophy? Posted: 9:17 am on January 14th
shabbychick writes: And the award goes to................You, Miss Jenny!!!

You've taken old, forgotten (and usually packed away in a box in the basement) trophies to a whole new level. These are simply amazing and have such a classic look.

The domes/cloches show them off perfectly, and the bases you've created are so cool! (I love the cast iron cake decorating turntable!!!)

Congrats on your "award" - and I think I hear a round of applause.... :)


Posted: 9:08 am on January 14th
CleverThinker writes: Wow what a step back in time, Jenny!! These pieces are really beautiful sculptures that were taken to the next level with the mold bases and the domes- really classy and upscale. Maybe this is the way the trophy should REALLY be-- it may have inspired the recipient to work toward a higher goal. And the cog with the winged goddess- PERFECTO!!

Larry Posted: 8:46 am on January 14th
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