The Cellar  

Go Back   The Cellar > Main > Creative Expression

Creative Expression Post your own works and chat about them

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-15-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
BigV
Goon Squad Leader
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 26,235
DIY Gazing Ball

I have been wanting to find an interesting project for bowling balls for some time.

What?

Why are you laughing?? :glares sternly:

Whatever.

I decided to make a gazing ball for TWIL. It turned out pretty nicely.

First, get a bowling ball. This one cost me under five dollars at the local Value Village. It came with a cheesy Bowling Rangers bag or somesuch. I left the bag with the clerk. I also got a couple packages of flattened glass marbles from Michael's. Add one glue gun. And a pot and saucer for the stand. Ready? Let's go.
Name:  IMAG0079.jpg
Views: 2867
Size:  149.3 KB

I like how the colors and design of this ball matched the colors and design of the marbles.
Name:  IMAG0080.jpg
Views: 1753
Size:  76.7 KB

The marbles. I had to work out what the area of a sphere is (Pi * d^2) so 3.14*8.5*8.5=266. I spread the marbles out to see how much coverage I'd get from one bag. It neatly filled a square about 12x12, or 144 square inches. Two bags would cover the ball easily.
Name:  IMAG0081.jpg
Views: 1880
Size:  119.7 KB

I'm starting the pattern with light blue. I had plenty of this color, and I didn't really know how it was going to work out, so I started with the batch that had the greatest room for error. Also notice I have covered the part of the table I'm working on with some kraft paper to keep from scratching/melting/gluing her tablecloth.
Name:  IMAG0082.jpg
Views: 1674
Size:  80.7 KB
__________________
Be Just and Fear Not.
BigV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 04:50 PM   #2
BigV
Goon Squad Leader
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 26,235
A little further along with the pattern of swirly stripes.
Name:  IMAG0084.jpg
Views: 1636
Size:  85.1 KB

More of the same.
Name:  IMAG0085.jpg
Views: 1641
Size:  108.4 KB

It's getting pretty filled in now.
Name:  IMAG0089.jpg
Views: 3979
Size:  107.9 KB

The finished product!

I got a pot and saucer to (mix and) match, put them base to base and glued them together. It fits very neatly in the center of the birdbath. She loves it and that makes me happy.

bowling ball -- $5
glue sticks -- $2
marbles, two bags -- $12
pot and saucer -- $5

A couple hours and under $25 for a neat garden decoration. Pier 1 should be so lucky!
Name:  IMG_7866.jpg
Views: 3010
Size:  87.0 KB
__________________
Be Just and Fear Not.
BigV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
limey
Encroaching on your decrees
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: An island within the south-west coast of Scotland
Posts: 6,882
Very neat! How did you cover the finger holes?
__________________
Living it up on the edge ... of civilisation, within the southwest coast of
limey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #4
BigV
Goon Squad Leader
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 26,235
Epilogue:

I went out to the patio this morning and noticed a handful of loose marbles in the birdbath. They looked nice, complimenting the sparkly gazing ball... but...

It turned out they had simply fallen off the bowling ball. Oops.

This will be easy to repair, but what I've learned is that I should be more generous with the glue, use the high/strong hold setting, and I think it would be worthwhile trying to scuff up the bottoms of the marbles on a piece of sandpaper before gluing them to the ball.

Also, these marbles are not all the same size, nor are they uniformly circular. They do not pack evenly. Having some of the ball show through is not a problem for me on this project, but it's worth keeping in mind for other patterns and other backgrounds. I've also seen images where the mosaic pieces were set in grout. That will FILL the empty spaces, and depending on the color of the grout, change the look of the surface. Overall, I'm happy with the result. I'll re-glue the marbles that dropped off overnight later when it cools down.
Name:  IMG_7870.jpg
Views: 1775
Size:  93.5 KB
__________________
Be Just and Fear Not.
BigV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 04:59 PM   #5
DanaC
We have to go back, Kate!
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 25,711
that makes me hungry. They look like smarties...

Seriously though, that is fucking epic. Lovely.
__________________
Quote:
There's only so much punishment a man can take in pursuit of punani. - Sundae
http://sites.google.com/site/danispoetry/
DanaC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 05:05 PM   #6
BigV
Goon Squad Leader
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 26,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by limey View Post
Very neat! How did you cover the finger holes?
I covered the finger and thumb holes (aside, the thumb hole on this ball accepts my PINKIE finger to the second knuckle only--very small!) by making that area the bottom of the ball. They're not covered by marbles at all. They're covered by the saucer.

If you look at the third picture in the second post, the one with the hand on the ball, you can see a black line drawn on the ball. I traced the outline of the saucer on the ball so I'd know where the ball and holes would be when positioned in its display orientation.
__________________
Be Just and Fear Not.
BigV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
orthodoc
Not Suspicious, Merely Canadian
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,774
Very cool project! And she loved it, which makes you happy ... best part of all.
__________________
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Ghandi
orthodoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 08:19 PM   #8
JBKlyde
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Encrypted Into an AmpitheaterWall
Posts: 1,722
neat o...
JBKlyde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
ZenGum
Doctor Wtf
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Badelaide, Baustralia
Posts: 12,861
Cool.

Now for step three, take an old welding gas cylinder...
__________________
Shut up and hug. MoreThanPretty, Nov 5, 2008.
Just because I'm nominally polite, does not make me a pussy. Sundae Girl.
ZenGum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #10
BigV
Goon Squad Leader
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 26,235
Thank you all!

__________________
Be Just and Fear Not.
BigV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 10:42 PM   #11
Razzmatazz13
Vicariously, I live...
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 1,221
Looks lovely V, I like the pattern you chose
__________________
I have some people I need to have smoted. ~ SteveDallas
Razzmatazz13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 11:35 PM   #12
ZenGum
Doctor Wtf
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Badelaide, Baustralia
Posts: 12,861
Can you get some smaller size (or bigger) to deal with the gaps?
__________________
Shut up and hug. MoreThanPretty, Nov 5, 2008.
Just because I'm nominally polite, does not make me a pussy. Sundae Girl.
ZenGum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 08:43 AM   #13
jimhelm
a beautiful fool
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: 39.939705
Posts: 4,504
I wonder if you could melt a glass marble(s) with a torch. That would probably look really groovy, and require less marbles.
__________________
There's a Shadow just behind me. Shrouding every step I take. Making every promise empty, pointing every finger at me. _tool
jimhelm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 09:38 AM   #14
Perry Winkle
Esnohplad Semaj Ton
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: A little south of sanity
Posts: 2,259
Quote:
Originally Posted by jimhelm View Post
I wonder if you could melt a glass marble(s) with a torch. That would probably look really groovy, and require less marbles.
Yes. Rocks get squishy too. Very cool to stick a nail through a rock.
Perry Winkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 09:41 AM   #15
Perry Winkle
Esnohplad Semaj Ton
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: A little south of sanity
Posts: 2,259
How hot does hot glue have to get to become soft again?
Perry Winkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diy


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:37 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.