Been wanting to make one of these for a while…
I found this styrofoam ball at the ReStore thrift store in Fort Collins. Crazy to bring a styrofoam ball back from Colorado, but I did. This 8 inch ball is from $12.97 to 14.99 at various stores (Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels) here in town.
One buckaroo! I have been wanting to make a gazing ball using flat marbles. The marbles I had were partly clear so the color of the ball would show through.
I painted it with some left over spray paint and then sponged on various assorted colors, mostly silver metallic, blues, turquoise and green.
At first I just set it down on the table and started gluing the marbles on. Pretty soon I was chasing that thing all around the living room, so I decided to put it in a bowl to keep it from rolling off the table.
It was soooo much easier after that! I glued like marbles in rows, throwing in an occasional 1 inch round marble with a tiny square mirror underneath it. I wanted something that the sun could reflect from…
I just kept adding rows.
I just used hot glue to stick the marbles on. Lots of strings!
It went pretty fast after I got started.
Frosty is not sure, he would have made it a different color!
Now just waiting for some clear grout! I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but Lowe’s had it in stock so I picked some up.
I added some millefiori glass pieces left over from another project, just to fill in the spaces between some of the marbles.
I wanted some type of clear grout/filler. I searched the web and found a product that Lowes carried. Well, when I got to Lowes the worker in the tile department highly discouraged me from buying that product!
So he talked me into buying a clear adhesive grout product…CLEAR…did you catch that? Well, apparently I don’t understand what clear is because this sure looks white to me! So, it is still wet at this point; I hope it dries clear! The white isn’t terrible, but I wanted the colors underneath to show through! I was hopeful that it would dry clear!
Ok, so you can see that it doesn’t look quite as white, but it is not clear either! So….not exactly like I had envisioned but it’s still good!
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