Friday, March 14, 2008

Doily Bowl

Quite a bit ago I saw this post on Inhabitat about these crystallizing salt doily bowls from The Home Project.

Crystallizing salt? What's that? Can I do it too?
I found this salt sculpture activity at the Exploratorium. It seems to be the right thing.
Make a supersaturated salt solution, put cotton string in and let the water evaporate. Sounds good but how to get the bowl shape? Put the doily between two bowls the same size and fill the void with the solution? Pin the doily to a plastic bowl, weight and submerse in solution? Place the doily over an overturned bowl placed in a tub and bathe with solution? I don't know but I want a couple of these for gift baskets and to hold glass ornaments for Christmas. That should be enough time to figure it out.


  1. Anonymous8:27 PM

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  2. Anonymous9:42 AM

    I found you at the Angry Chicken. What a great blog you have!
    My Mother crochetted and used to make little baskets and bowls very similar to this one. I love it. You've brought back very nice memories.

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  3. Love your blog! Thanks for all the leads. My MIL always made these, crocheted her own doilies, put them over bowls and used starch to stiffen them.

  4. I've stiffened crochet snowflakes with diluted elmer's glue and a product called "Stiffy" (I believe Elmer's is also called PVA glue). Some have used a sugar solution or starch but it all works the same: Saturate the item with the solution, remove excess and shape. Allow to dry. Carefully remove.

    Martha Steward made doily bowls this week on her show and draped the item over a bowl for shaping.

  5. What an amazing bowl! I am so awed by the creativity behind such magnificent creations.

  6. I so want to make one of these. I just bough 65 vintage doilies. eek!

  7. Did you ever make any of these?

  8. No, Kim, I haven't. The closest I've come were crocheted snowflakes and I used acrylic medium to shape and protect them. It's the idea of a doily bowl that I like. Cute gift presentation but I am unsure of the best stiffening agent to use and am just putting ideas out there.

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