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I have a bed frame that is missing 2 balls, they are porcelain I believe, and I am trying to replace the missing ones, have googled everything I can think of to no avail. There.is a 1/2 " hole through it.
I assume what you are Goggling is something to replace the missing balls with, yes?
If so, here is a thought - go to Home Depot, Lowes, or both, and check the toilet repair aisle. Look for the floats and see what you find. Many times they are oval, but I have seen (and bought) round ones that are about the size you are seeking. Now, obviously they are not porcelain- however, being plastic you can easily cut the size hole you need. Then just paint them to match, use a high gloss finish over them so they will shine like glass. You can faux paint anything to look like anything you want - that's what makes it fun!
yes I have searched every iron bed site, can't find any that look like mine, restoration on antique beds, no luck, fortunately the be has a footboard and headboard so I can use the balls I have just for the headboard but won't have the footboard, it is a bed I got from Spiegal catalog about 28 years ago. X husband thought it humerous to take parts of many things when he moved out that I wouldn't notice, the bed frame was stored in the attic. Left me the table saw without the motor, took one chair from the dining room set which had 8 chairs, etc, Thanks for the idea, and welcome to DG. Annette
If they were at the top of the bed posts, I think they might be called finials. Not sure what they would be called when they are situated as yours are.
My suggestion would be to look on eBay at carpet balls. They come in various diameters and in various designs, in porcelain. The link below is for a seller who offers some in 3 sizes and they are drilled at both ends.
I can sympathize with the ex story. Mine was cheating on me behind my back. He moved everything of value to her place in another state and left me my clothes, some dishes and silverware and ALL the bills. He did so when I went to work and then called me at work to tell me and say he wanted a divorce. Yeah - that's when I found out about it all ... at work. Men!! ARG!!!
ecnalg sounds like she found something that would work and they come in 3" size! I never heard of a "carpet ball" or know what they have to do with carpets, but hey it looks like what you need - cool! You'd just have to get the hole cut, but I'm sure you could find someone who could do so. If it were me, at only $4, I'd buy a couple extras in case whoever is drilling made a mistake.
The ones in the link already come drilled at both ends. Most of the others only have a tiny hole. No idea why they are called carpet balls. They're just decorative round balls, many in blue and white patterns.
it may not be exact, but yours will be hard to find. From time to time I see these in lots(always browsing the parts section because I restore old chandeliers), but usually in clear crystal(like this: ebay #261152958691). They are usually considered a lamp part and are usually called spacers.
I've also seen them in slag glass. If you found the right amount, it may be easier to replace all of them with a different ball, such as the clear ones.
Kobwez,, did you ever find you porcelain balls you needed? I have some at my old house that I can go get pictures of. I believe I have 4 of them. I have been trying to figure out something to do with them for years, and never did. I would be willing to trade them to you for some plants, or whatever you would think is a fair trade. Mine have roses on them.. I think. Let me know.
I haven't been on Dave's Garden in so so long...Found this Thread...I then went straight out to my Gnome Garden and picked up all 4 of the Porcelain Balls I had bought 20+ years ago. They ended up in the Gnome Garden for the simple reason I had not wanted to part with them, and didn't know what to do with them. 20+ years ago we bought Day Beds for the 2 kids. I bought the Porcelain balls to change out the ones that came with the Girls Bed...but never changed them out and that bed is way way long gone. I just cleaned up the balls and the flowers are great but the thin gold ring on the top and bottom is showing as gone in some spots but noticeable as being there at one time...LOL I had left the screws in them and of course that badly rusted on all 4 balls. The flat top on the top of that screw used to be Brassy and Shiney...not so anymore.
I didn't know these were hard to find...I'm surprised. Mine are the same as the ones Mud_Elf has...how cool is that...hers look great tho"...LOL
I hope you got your problem solved and got the nice looking ones in the pic.
I still haven't gotten them, need to measure to see if they fit, so busy, moved in my new house in Dec, NY to Tn and immediately got a job at Lowes in outside lawn and garden, not much getting done in the 110 year old house that needs tons of work, am off this weekend will try to find the balls, upstairs somewhere, would love to have the bed back together, thanks!!