Numbers 16:39

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39  And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar


39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar

(RSV has this same wording.)

The word translated "made broad plates" or "hammered out" is רָקַע raqa: to beat, stamp, beat out, spread out related to רָקִיעַ raqia: extended surface, (solid) expanse (as if beaten out; compare Job 37:18) — Brown, Driver, Briggs

See Raqia and The Solid Dome in The Fourth Conversation