Oh I'm so happy you got to see them! I was having fits when Dori told me she couldn't get them to come up so I checked with webshots and they have been working on them and said not to worry. Yeah THEY can say that! LOL
Thank You and I love them too and try to come up with different ideas. None are wrong that's for sure!
I go to lots of yard sales and thrift shops and once I even put an ad in the paper when I lived up north and one lady brought me 5. They cosst different amounts. If you bowl regularly and know the people who run bowling leey, they might give you chipped ones they throw away. I was never that lucky to find them there though. Good luck!
Hi everyone...I am new to Dave's forums , and still learning my way around.This post cought my eye.Love all your bowling balls. So creative!! I would have never thought to use some of the objects that went into making your BB's. Just love them. I have made a few using stained glass and only have a picture of one of them. But you all have given me some great ideas. Thanks
Thanks for the warm welcome and the nice compliments on my ball.
For those of you looking for bowling balls, don't forget to ask/mention it to friends and people you work with. You'll be surprised how many you can get. I ended up with about 12 balls from people just cleaning out their attics.
I think I used a clear liquid nails adhesive for outdoor use..I made it a year ago and I can't remember for sure.
Thanks again for the welcomes..I'm very excited to be here. Lots of inspiration going on here! I am enjoying looking at everyones projects.They are all so nice. I think I better get busy! I have some projects that I started and put aside and just haven't made the time to get back to them. This forum will definitly get me motivated.
Welcome to Dave's. It is a most friendly place for gardeners and craftpersons.
Everyone looks like they did excellent work. I need to see if I can find a couple of free bowling balls. One idea I have seen is paint only the top half like a big lady bug and bury the ball in your garden. I really want to do this, now I just need to go to a bowling alley.
Wow! These are all so beautiful! I just love thisidea, and can't wait to find some balls!--uh-er-bowling balls. For those of you who have sold/sell them, how much do you get for them (I just found out I no longer have a job..) I'm thinking of getting back to my stained glass and mosaic stepping stones (On a much smaller scale than my Studio was) and making a little roadside stand. These would be a great addition! (If I could bear to sell them instead of scatter them 'round my own gardens!!!)
I get all my bowling balls from St Vincent De Paul stores. I pay 2 dollars apiece.Last time I went to the Amish feed store in Mio, I stopped at the Amish hardware and found they had the large plastic ornaments,picked up 2 silver and 2 gold for 3.99 each. Going to see what I can do with them real soon.
I have been to craft shows in the area and a finished ball is going for 35 to 75 dollars. I just do them for myself and friends. Aleta
I've seen pics of these bowling balls and want to try to make one with all my scrap stained glass. So I just glue the pieces on with liquid nails and grout it? I want to use it outside, is there a sealer I should use? Thank you in advance for any help!
I pulled out of the driveway this morning and noticed trash out in front of my neighbors house. Sitting on the seat of a old chair was a bright electric red "undrilled" bowling ball...yeah I stopped and scooped up that puppy. I just walked over to my side flower bed and dropped it there. I am sure she probably saw it and wonders why I saved it. LOL!
hello everybody i love gazing balls and these bowling ball garden decorations are awsome,just gotta find me a bowling ball(gonna hit some goodwill's this weekend).well i have a question is there anything else you could use besides a bowling ball?this is probaly dumb but i was thinking a styrofoam ball or something?gazing balls are expensive,i did use one of my gazing balls for my first try.turned out ok just real hard for me to picture a design and then do it on the ball.i will post a pic later.thanks alot ,Nina
Call your local bowling alley and see if the have any balls they are throwing away. And if they would take your number if they found some.
Run an add in the paper "looking for free bowling balls, or that you
will donate 2 dollars per ball to the local foodbank for each one. Or what ever good cause for up to (your limit) on the amount of balls you want.
Or offer it to a scool class for a pizza party if they will let you.
You may want to get a note from parent saying it is ok for their kid to bring the ball. And set a limit, because 2 balls versesa pizza party, I would do it. Well if they tried hard..
Here is my first and only mosaic project. I did it a couple winters ago. I also have an old bird bath base that I want to cover with mosaic to hold it. Hopefully that will be a project I get around to this winter.
I just found this forum. I do stained glass & warm glass also, with a little mosiacs. This is my first bowling ball I made last year. It was fun, although it took a little longer than I though it would. Maybe this winter I will get another going. I have two balls just sitting there waiting for me to use them.
I used wood putty to fill the finger holes and all I remember about the adhesive was it was clear silicone from Menard's or Lowe's.
Maybe the next one I will do bugs.. they are too much fun. Or maybe some sort of mixed flowers. I did see a picture once of a mosiac piece that was built on a Manequin and that was very cool, flowers and designs everywhere. If I remember right , very 60's.
All of these posts have been absolutely gorgeous...on my way grocery shopping today I stopped into our little bowling alley & spoke to the owner who told me he had just thrown 3 out last week (UHHHGGGG) but will round me up some at no charge!!! Wonderful!!!!! Now if I could just find a bartender who would keep colored bottles for me...thanks for all the inspiration...Deb
My neighbor has plain balls in her gardens. I'm going over to get the ones I gave her back! I showed my husband and he said, OH NO! He knows where this is headed...haha. I did an old table top with colored buttons and glue. BBs, here I come!
yep, i musta just crawled right out form under a rock.i've never heard of/thought of this and i am blown away!...great job...great idea...i can just imagine my garden next year~~~maybe i'll just make an ORB garden...only ORBS!!!..again, thanks for sharing your talents!
Hello, I am new, actually this is my very first day here, I would love for someone to see my bowling ball!! I haven't shown anyone yet and would love to hear what you think about it. I do not know how to put it here but you can view it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/louella_marie . Please have a looksee . Thanks Louella
I'd like to comment about the price of mosaiced bowling balls. There is a stained glass store here in Madison which sells mosaiced bowling balls and there general price is 80 dollors, maybe a little less for some, maybe a little more for others. For me, right now I am just enjoying learning to mosaic and I just absolutely LOVE doing them, and have become addicted! lol But, thought you would like to know what they sell for here in Madison. Louella
Oh , thanks for thinking so! The real worth is in how much you enjoy it though right? I did put some work in on that one. I just called up the bowling alley and asked of they had any old balls around and he said sure come on down and when I got there I said well how much do youwant for them and he said, oh, just take them offa my hands lady so's I don't haveta get ridda dem my ownself! So, thats how I got my first two bowling balls. One of these days, I will do the other one. Louella
The name of the stained glass store in Madison Wisconsin in the Vinery inc. 4317 W. Beltline Hwy I love that place and am planning to take some classes there starting in November.. As for selling my ball, it is my first one and do not think I will sell it, although I will be making more in the future. Anyways, can you see the price to ship a heavy item like that? lol thank you so much for the inquiry. Louella looking forward to seeing more balls here!
Louella, that beltline you are talking about must be hwy 151 that goes off of I 90?
Thanks for the info. When and if I get towards Madison, will try and stop and look. My poor eyes.
Am I correct in thinking that you used stained glass instead of ceramic tile to cover you bowling ball?
I purchased two large sacks of very small ceramic tiles thinking to use them on stepping stones, but think I have changed my mind. Got the ceramic tiles at a garage sale. What people don't get rid of!!
Yes Maxine, it is small, many, many small cut pieces of stained glass. If your pieces are too large they will not lie flat on the ball and will rock. Right now I am working on a purple Iris on a step stool but after that is finished I am going to get out that other ball and make another one. Its all so fun, plus now with winter coming on, my garden will be put to rest, and I will have more time to MOSAIC! Louella
I just found this thread, and thought I would share my bowling ball with everyone. The base is 2 6 inch terra cotta pots, glued together, the spray painted silver, like the bowling ball, and some half marbles glued on.
Thanks for looking.
I used GE clear silicone caulk also on the few that I've made. I plugged the holes with aluminum foil scrunched up and stuffed it in there with a screwdriver, then put silicone on top of that . You can probably use grout to fill it in, or cement too, for that matter. Just make sure they are dry.
I want to try a mosaic too as soon as I learn how to cut the pieces into squares.
Here is one that I like with marbles, glass flowers from the dollar store and I did not grout this one.
Have finally got started on one. I have drilled it so I can use it as bubbler in a fountain. I have to finish the mosaic part and grout it. I ran the tubing through it yesterday to make sure it would work. The pump is just the perfect strength to bubble the water out. I am hoping to finish it this weekend. I will post pics when it is finished.
Finally got my first one done. I left too much space between the pieces of glass, I think. But I guess for a first attempt (both at mosaic and decorating a bowling ball) it turned out okay. I'm already working on getting more bowling balls to decorate. :)
i like that a lot--the dark red and deep grey looks so nice together--
yes we are our own worst critics--only once i get done with anything i decide it looks great! but while i work on it all i can see are flaws in my work
I finally was able to find a bowling ball to start my decorating. Now I have
a question. Do you start at the top of the ball and work your way down or do you start in the middle so that you have a straight line to work from?
I am hooked on making my own bb art now that I read this whole thread and looked at everyone's BB. I'm calling my local bowling alleys and asking the resale and thrift store know that I will buy their bb to save them for me. Such talent gardeners have. Thank you all so much for the lessons I have learned from all of you.
Hi all I am new. But I have been doing bb's for awhile now. All of yours look really great.
Thought I would show a couple of mine. Get some feed back, I would gladly appreciate it.
Oh by the way as my sign on name says...MY MOM MADE ME DO IT she is involved to and I am sure enjoying having her help me.
Thank you for the comments it really helps. I have only been doing these for about 3 months now. I am hoping that they will sell and I can keep doing these.I have blossomed in to the stepping stone area as well. Here is my latest creation in that area. Altho I can't seem to keep the mirror from looking wet behind it. May have used the wrong adhesive to apply it, so I could use a sugestion in that area.
Question?????? I bought a nice "marbeled glass" bowling ball and was told it could stay in the garden. Afraid not. The glass pieces started falling off with the weather. I now have a bowling ball with white gunk and not one piece of glass left on it. How do you weatherize the decorated balls? I live in central Alabama. We have hot humid summers and can have freezes in the winter. What do I look for or ask if I purchase another one of these? Thank you Lynn
All of the Bb's I have done with a waterproof adhesive. then Grouted with a nonsanded grout, sealed with a indoor/outdoor grout sealer. The trick is sealing it make sure it gets at least 3 coats. During the winter cold spell bring it in this promotes the life. If the ball you purchased was not grouted the problem was the adhesive, it was not a waterproof adhesive.
There is a quick fix for yours get Dap 3.0 construction adhesive this is waterproof you can then glue the beads back on, only first scrap or use a paint stripper to remove old adhesive. Make sure you clean ball with soap and water dry it good and the have fun glueing Hope this helps
Thank you Judith. One problem, I don't want to mess with the project. For what I paid, it should have lasted more than a few months. I would like to get some for the different flower beds and walkways, but needed to know what to check for so I don't end up with another sick looking bowling ball with the glass laying all around it. Also, does anyone have a store that makes them correctly and sells them? Thanks for your help. Lynn
I know this isn't what you are looking for but I just thought I'd tell you about what I did that worked well in the garden. I got two bowling balls (free) from a bowling alley ---(a hideous neon orange --eech) then I painted one with a bright shiny silver (rustoleum) paint (a few coats) (I should have sealed it but I didn't). It sparkles and shines like a big mirror. Looks good. No work. I did the same to the other but with bright shiny copper colored paint. I did these two with the idea of gluing on tempered glass (and still will) but both balls looked great with the metallic paint. I just set each in the crook of two big trees and they look really great. Not glass covered but sparkly!
I always thought the bb's were indestructible, but low and behold, they do crack. Deep down I thought I should bring it inside over the winter but never bothered. Total idiot! Well, at least I have 2 more bb's that I should get started and will remember to bring in (I hope).
I just have a lot to take care of as my husband was in the hospital for 10 weeks and then passed away in May. Lots of paperwork. The government has a form fo everything and when it's done they want more forms done. Doing anything I would like to do is on the back burner right now. Would be nice to find some finished the way they're supposed to be done for my gardens and would let them hibernate for the winter as we do have some freezes. I come here to take my mind off things for a little bit. I appreciate all the info to know what to ask. I think she just glued the glass pieces and that was it. Sure was pretty while I had it!!!! Thanks Lynn
I love to look at all these bowling balls and see all the things that can be done with them. I look at bowling balls in a totally different way. I have bowled for many years, probabaly since i was 5 or 6 years old. I giggle at the comments about where to find bb's to use when I have probably 30 at my house! LOL. My husband bowls also. Maybe I will steal one of his old ones that he doesnt use and try out this project.
Also, I'm not suprised that some didnt hold up with the weather. Extreme heat and cold will make the bb itself crack all the way around. I left my favorite bb in the car one summer cause I was too lazy to bring it in and it literaly "exploded" in half. I get sad just to think about that...LOL. I would def. reccomend that they be brought in in the winter and possbily not in the direct sun in the summer. Just my opinion.
I am a veteran of stained glass but new to mosaics, what do you use to color the grout on these projects. Working on a terra cotta stepping stone and want the grout to match the stone. How do I do that?
I have been using the little silicon tool imapigeon suggested and it is so helpful for grouting. It really pulls the excess grout off.
Another item I just started using is an old shoe brush I found at a garage sale. The brushes are very soft and excellent for getting the grout off the tile, as well as polishing the tiles to a high shine.
Lucan - how much paint did you put in the grout? The grout always appears so dark when I mix the paint in it, then when it dries it is so light. Been disapointed with all my grout colors.
I am making my mosaic balls out of styrofoam. I use broken mirrors and tumbled glass mostly. Will attempt to take a picture of the one I just made and upload. I find the ones with mirror in them sell better.
I also just made my first hypertufa sphere using a kids ball I got at a garage sale for 25 cents. I am hopeful I can use these instead of the styrofoam, since it is so darn expensive. Will let you know how it works! The ball is all cured and ready to mosaic. I actually used the Quick Wall instead of hypertufa so I wouldn't have to mix everything up. Worked really well.
Ima - isn't that your idea too, the Quickwall? I think it is.
Thanks everyone for the great ideas!
windrose, I used tomtom's papercrete recipe for both of mine (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/472203/), and pushed the mixture into concrete molds I got on eBay. They ended up being about 1/2" to 3/4" thick before I started putting mosaic pieces on. I haven't tried styrofoam. Glad the silicone spatula is working for you!
windrose & imapigeon -
"I have been using the little silicon tool imapigeon suggested and it is so helpful for grouting."
I searched this post but didn't find anything about the tool - could you let me know what it is?
I am so excited to find a place to get crafty ideas. I love the tempered glass technique. I saw ellen blakeleys work with it years ago and never got around to doing it. After seeing all of these awesome bowling balls and other projects here I have renewed interests. I have been trying to track down some tempered glass but its not as easy as i thought. I called a couple places but most were not helpful at all and one lady was even snotty.One guy said he would save me one piece he had but I dont know if he will do it on a regular basis. Also he said the glass was cloudy and he was going to break it for me so not sure how to clean it once its broken?? I joined a local freecycle group but I didnt get a response yet if they accepted me. Can someone explain how that website works please. Do you meet somewhere public and take your item and say thanks and leave or do you have to go to someones home?Love all of the work I am seeing on here, cyndi
Cyndi, around here freecycle folks usually go to each others houses to pick items up, though I have had a couple of people ask to meet in a store parking lot etc. over the years.
I got my broken tempered glass from a glass shop in my neighborhood- the kind of place that does house windows, not cars. I also got some unbroken sheets off of freecycle. Good luck, I hope you can find some!
Welcome to Dave's Garden, Cindi...I belong to FreeCycle and you are supposed to give someithing away on there before you get something in return...I mostly set up a place to meet the person I am dealing with since I am a wisow and live alone...I don't want strangers coming to my house..but sometimes after speaking to them on the phone I decide they are OK..I've made a couple of good friends on the site too. Jo
thank you for the info pony and roadrunner. I was able to find a place who saved me some glass. He said he has some every week and i gave him my number so we will see if he calls. I started my first projects this weekend. I did two flower pots and i am starting a bowling ball. how long does it usually take everyone to make their balls? I am using liquid nails clear because i had some and i read about people using it on here. I think anything i use will bother me with its scent because i am just sensitive. is the liquid nails good for outdoor applications? i plan to grout and put a sealer on grout. what do you all use to spread your adhesives? i have been using a popsicle stick.
I have not received a response from freecycle yet. is it normal for it to take so long to get accepted?
I was inspired by all the bowling balls and had to try my hand at this. A zillion glass globs later, I have a bowling ball to stick on top of my bottle tree. I got two more bb at a garage sale. Now to find more time.
notmartha are you still around? I just saw your post from way back in Jan 06 and you posted some bowling balls that are each in a different color made out of what I call "dragon tears" glass bloobs, flat on one side and curved on the other. I love how they look and want to know (1) what did you do to the ball to get ready for glueing on the glass (2) What did you use for the grout between the pieces of glass? I did go to our local bowling alley to ask for balls but found out they sell some to a company that refurbishes them, and what they do not sell they give to our local police department for shooting practise!
Your bowling ball is amazing. You have all given me an idea of what to do with a marker buoy! I think that is what you call them. They used to be made of glass, now that arae a heavy duty plastic. I have been trying to work out what to do with it and how to mount it. I realise I can place it as a ? finial on a fence? or it could sit on a terracotta pot in the garden? I know it will be quite heavy once grouted, because it already carries weight. I think I will go to a website I found - Wits End Mosaics, as they have some unusually shaped porcelain pieces. I think it will lend itself very well to using something different.
That is a cool web site biddy52. Thanks for posting it. I imagine that your bouy would be wonderful in your garden either on a pedistal or right on the ground or with a pot under it. Where did you find it anyway? Just curious
I love this site. My daughter gave me a bowling ball she found in an antiques shop but it is still just sitting in my bedroom. I have a queston for all you experts. What about the bottom of the ball? Do you make it flat somehow or do you paint it all the way around then mosaic it all the way around? If so, then how do hold it up while painting or mosaicing it? I cannot think how to do it all the way around . It is too heavy for me to just hold up in the air!!!
I love this site. My daughter gave me a bowling ball she found in an antiques shop but it is still just sitting in my bedroom. I have a queston for all you experts. What about the bottom of the ball? Do you make it flat somehow or do you paint it all the way around then mosaic it all the way around? If so, then how do hold it up while painting or mosaicing it? I cannot think how to do it all the way around . It is too heavy for me to just hold up in the air!!!
I wash the ball very well to remove any oily residue, allow to dry then spray paint in the desired color. Place the ball on a layer of newspapers and paint the top 2/3 or so. Once dry, roll it over and do the other portion.
When adding the glass pieces, rest the ball on an old towel for padding.
It''s been a while since I've been at this site. Thought I would share
my bowling balls. I've tried a couple different glues, used some additive in the grout and tried spar varnish on one. I always have sealed the grout.
For bowling balls, Liquid Nails for Small Projects in a can is good. It's nice and tarry - but needs to be used sparingly. My old stand-by glue is Weldbond. Honestly, this glue stands up to just about any temperature. It's a learning process, that's for sure!
And one more...this one I love..lot's of nipping of stained glass.
Unfortunately, the pic I have is before the grout. I ended up grouting it a
golden yellow. The iridescent stained glass is awesome - it catches the sun so well.
I am so happy to find this thread. I was a member eons ago and reading about someone's BB gazing ball has "haunted" me since! Today I remembered to look for BBs at the local thrift shop and there were 5. I picked up one to try this on! ($3) Now to get the glue.
So fun seeing what others have made! Much fancier than I'll be making but mine will be mine. I am interested in options to display too.
Here is one of my balls made with yellow irid. stained glass. I take it in during our hard NY winters after a couple of mine fell apart. I love seeing everyones work and can't wait to start doing the bb's again. It's been a few years since I did one and I love the bundt pan idea and am going to try it.
lincolnitess wrote:Here is my first and only mosaic project. I did it a couple winters ago. I also have an old bird bath base that I want to cover with mosaic to hold it. Hopefully that will be a project I get around to this winter.
Love all the other ball projects here, but particularly like the flow of yours. Well done! I have a plastic buoy! Not sure what you call them! To tie your boat to in the water? I haven't done anyting on it yet, haven't decided on what to use. I think I would prefer glass to tiles as I want a "flat" look to it. Susan, yours has given me inspiration! Di
I just finished mine! My first, I've always done terracotta pots, pavers for stepping stone's and picture frames. I see a lot of really great ideas and beautiful work here in DG. I love getting ideas from others when my head is empty! LOL, And to all who posted their art here, Thanks, your work is beautiful ! Keep posting! I just realized I posted the same picture twice! Sorry about that!
I forgot to add, this bb isn't grouted yet. Still staring at it, trying to decide what color to grout it. I'm thinking a charcoal grey ? I don't want to take away from the colors I used. I'll post picture's as soon as it's grouted.
Thanks JuneyBug! We spoke before on here, back in 2009 I think? My husband and I went to Thailand for a year, and came back here to the State's and so I rejoined DG. It's nice to be back, but I miss Thailand, such a beautiful country. I need to go to the travel forum and post some of my memorys, and picture's. This is the first mosaic I've done since I've been back. I missed doing this craft, but had other things to keep me busy, exploring the southern end of Thailand, Phuket and the surrounding areas. They have a lot of glorious mosaic's there, and I learned a lot while there. There Wat's ( temples) have a lot of beautiful designs, done in golds, and other beautiful colors of glass, just gorgeous! I wish I could replicate some of what I saw in my work, but there's just no way, as you weren't allowed to take picture's in most! All I need to do is grout my beauty, going to do a charcoal grey grout, and than put it up for sale. Already thinking about my next one. I'm glad to see some people I remember, still following DG, it feels good to be back in the Garden! I missed it, and the people I got to know. I see your in South Korea! I wish we could visit all the different country's but age and medical issues brought us back here, and will probably keep us here. We do intend to travel the USA, see some place's here that we never visited, this way, if one of us gets sick, we are close to our own hospitals. It's good to hear from you! liljami
Here's the 2nd bowling ball, almost finished, done with sequins, stained glass pieces and auto glass ( got a side window and broke it by dropping my ball on it) I haven't grouted the first 1 yet, still not sure what color to grout it, and will grout both at the same time, as it is a messy job that I don't care for, but it's great when the mosaic come's out looking beautiful ! I'll post again when I have both grouted! Jami
edited by Jami, I stated that I used stained glass pieces on this ball, oops, not on this one, I'm using broken beer bottles, I forget which beer came out with the blue glass, but I break the bottle's, get rid of all the thick pieces, and use my glass nippers to form the glass before gluing it to my ball. Sorry about that, as I was working on my ball it dawned on me, I just had to come back and correct my statement!
Here's one I finished today. I used all broken pottery and some small tiles. It won't shine in the sun. Do I spray paint the ball if I want to use glass? Do I need to use a primer? I'm assuming that will keep the surface of the ball from showing through the glass. I looked through all the pictures you all have shown and am really inspired to do more bowling balls. Love this site!
swalt, your ball is a beauty! You have large grout lines, so I think you should be able to do a test spot, and take some clear glue, sprinkle some glitter in it, and paint your grout lines to give it some sparkle. than coat your ball with polyurethane to seal it all in, and you'd have the shine or sparkle your looking for. I always coat every thing I do with poly. picture frames, my flower pots, anything I mosaic gets a coat when I'm finished. Especially if it's going to be displayed outside. And yes, I primer my balls with a coat of spray paint before gluing any glass to them. It keeps the glass from sliding around I think. Plus, when your done putting pieces on it, your grout will help keep the pieces from falling off! Hope that answers your question! I have a small area on my ball to finish, than I'll grout it, and post pictures of the finished product. ( We're leaving for a camping trip, so I may not be on here for a little while.) Good luck with your next ball, as you know your hooked now! LOL ! Jami
I just got back from our trip, and it was great ! Swalt, yes, I go all over everything with the poly, I will tell you, that after a year or so, it'll start chipping away from smooth surfaces, but it does the job of sealing the grout to the weather. I had a birdhouse I did mosaic on, and hung it in a tree on my property , which was 3 blocks from the ocean, salt is a problem in the air, and it can pit into your grout, it will also pit the poly, which starts to peel like a bad sunburn on a smooth surface ( glass or tile, but you'd be crazy trying to poly only the grout, so best to just do the entire project), but it fills in the grout as it is porous and has air pockets, best way to describe what I'm thinking is like a sponge, so when you poly it, it keeps all pollutants out of the pore's and bad air from deteriorating the grout! I only use 1 coat, it seems to be enough! My bird house has been in the trees for 3 years now, and looks good as new, and the poly has now wore off the tile, so it looks as good as the day I hung it there! Good luck, BTW, my ball took a few bumps while camping, some racoons invaded us over night, and because the ball was heavy, and i had it sitting on a non-skid pad, on top of a cooler to weight the cooler down, the little rascals, managed to push the ball off the cooler, it hit the ground, and I lost some pieces I had already adhered to the ball, :( and now need to fill in some missing pieces that I already completed, all for the good though, they never did get into that cooler, but managed to slip away into the darkness of night with some brown and serve sausage, and a package of oreo cookie's. I know they had a nice evening on us! lol!!! Let me know of what kind of project your going to start or have started!
I'll end for now, things to do, but will be checking in from time to time, hopefully I can get the damage repaired to my ball, and finish it, but Thanksgiving is upon us, and I have a dinner coming up to host for 15 people! Such fun! Have a great evening/day! Jami
Swalt, we are in the middle of moving , an unexpected gift, we are going from a town house into a 3/2/2, and have been moving since the last post, no time to work on any crafts as the holidays are upon us, but I will post the bowling ball once I get back to it. We will spend Christmas here, and New Years in the new house! Ugh...so much to do, but I do have most of the little stuff moved already, only things remaining here are what we need for the holiday! Than get it all finished before the New Year. I'm so excited to have twice the room as we have now, new garden, new craft room, Yes, I'm ready!!! I'll try to stay in touch as often as I can, but to me, I just want to get moved, set up the house, get ready for garden season, and finish my 2 bowling balls, so I can get started on my next project. I wish I had 2 of me, or at least 4 sets of hands! LOl, see you all soon, have a happy merry Christmas, and a great New Year! Peace on Earth ! Jami
Our Hobby Greenhouse Assoc has a picnic each summer and we do some type of project. This year the project will be bowling balls. I was lucky enough to score 16-20 of them (got to go count them again) from the local bowling alley. Which will cover most of what the club will need. We may need another 5-10 of them.
I have a 5 gal bucket of broken tempered glass thanks to a stone meeting a large window off my patio. At least I had the good sense to save it. I also have some ceramic tile from a bathroom remodel, I saved what I took off the walls and floors. I also have some stained glass from a few projects we have done over the years. My DH Ric and I will run the picnic part of the event and another member is doing the craft part. She quite often makes these and the project was her idea, I just happened to have some resources to some of the materials we will need.
Boy it is so hard to decide what type of ball I will make. So many very good ideas here and on pinterest. Thanks everyone for posting your pictures.
The picnic is the beginning of June and I doubt we will finish the balls that day. We have 3-4 hours to work on them. Before the picnic part of the day and then we will do the Raffle Table part of the day. Maybe after that some of the people will stay little longer to finish if they will want or need, too.
I have been very busy with the move, from town house to a full 3/2/2, and am loving it! I have finished 4 bowling balls, built 3 raised beds, (9'x3'), brought in a rototiller and did some digging around the fences we put up, so my plants can climb. It has been a busy 2 months with the move. Thank goodness for the extra warm winter this year. While I was busy working on my balls, and caring for my seedlings, Hubby was busy building me a shed, and a green house! All built from recycled materials, with no drawings or plans, just off the top of his head. When we get visitors, their impressed with all the work we've done in the little time we've been here. We are both very hyper, and can't seem to sit still, if I'm not in the garden, I'm in the garage working on my mosaic's, Since we came back from Thailand a year ago( sold everything, but our clothes) we first went into the town house, started hitting yard sales to replace things we sold, bought some new furniture from room to go, so when we finally ran out of room in the town home, we were ready to move into a full size home. BUT, we didn't have all the extra stuff to pack up and un pack, so the move was very easy. Now I need to shop yard sales to fill up the empty space we have, but I'm in no hurry, if we need it I'll buy it, if not, it's called spend my money on plants, anything for the outside, as that's why I live in Florida, to be outside as often as possible. My friends can't understand the concept I've learned, but things we put into our home's is just "stuff", it needs kept clean, you need space to put it, and when you find something else the old stuff ends up packed away or in the garage or in the attic. I didn't have the baggage this time when moving so we had plenty of time to create our own food space, as in gardens through out our property, and I work on my crafts in the evening or during the very cold weather when we have it. I have been blessed with a few talents, and I love the time spent on doing these things. No more worrying about cleaning a big house with lot of things in it to be waxed, polished, cleaned, or dusted. I intend on keeping it simple. I'll be socializing on other threads about this, but now is the time to show my finished bowling balls, and, you can find me again in Florida Gardening, and a few other threads as I visit them. I won't be a regular yet, as I still have plenty of seed to get in, we're already into the 2nd week of March, the extra hours of sun light this week will help tremendously, I can get more done, as I'm a late sleeper, my day starts around 9:30-10:00, lol !
Anyway, it's been a treat getting back to DG, I was in Thailand for the year, I was involved in other things, and didn't get on the lap top much, I want to start a thread about my experiences while I was there. It was a 5 year trip, but ended when I got sick and couldn't quite recover enough to stay , my hubby got scared for me, and made me come home! Other wise, we'd still be there. I guess he made the right decision, as I'm doing much better here than I did there, I have my health back.
OK Friends, here are my finished bowling balls, and in the next post I'll give you a glimpse of my shed, green house and raised garden beds my husband built for me!
Also watch for my thread in the retire"s travel post ( I think that's where I put my experience's), and my veggi garden will be in the Florida vegetable section. I'm looking forward to spending more time on here, where I can get involved with everyone that love's DG. I missed talking to a bunch of you, Ruby Watts to name one, as time allows I'll be here!
Have a great evening everyone, I'm glad to be back!!
I've only been on DG a few months but love it. I really got enthused with the site, due to the trash to treasure forum. I've been interested in trying mosaic work at some point and have fallen in love with the bowling balls. I think if I ever get time I will start with that. I must say all of your work is awesome.
I have "met" Ruby on here and she is mostly in the clutter free forum. Just check in any of the first few listed and you'll find her. She's a real sweetheart.
thanks holly, we have been very busy, making up for lost time, and trying to get the worst finished before the heat of summer come's. I'm originally from York, but have been here for 25+ years. I love it, and would never move back to Pa. except to visit, too cold for my bone's. BTW, if I lived back in the area, Dover is where I'd settle, It was a quaint little town when I was there, and I hope it still is! And Debbie, welcome to DG, I have known Ruby for sometime, met her here, and have stayed in touch since, I know she has been very busy sorting her things after she had her floors redone, and I hope to catch up with her, when I finish my gardening, I want to have everything done before the heat set's in, I still need to buy a pool and that will be the last thing I do before summer is here. I love DG, lot's of interesting idea's, a lot of creative people, friendly, and anything you need to know, or want info on, you can find it here. This is the best internet site I've ever found, and will always stay involved, one way or another. I wish I could spend more time here, but I also do E-bay sales, while trying to get my garden going. I'm starting from scratch, after coming home from Thailand, which, once caught up, I'll post picture's, and stories of our escapades there. It was wonderful and beautiful. I'm sure we'll see each other on the different threads, I love trash to treasure, mosaic's, travel, and a few others. I have been making my own laundry soap from a site here, just can't remember which site I found it on! Anyway, A big Thanks, and Debbie, when your ready to get started on Mosaics, give me a shout, and I can guide you! I'm looking to be more involved with DG , just need to finish up from the last move I'll ever make! Till Than, Jami
Oh, how wonderful a trip to Thailand. Would love to see the pics and here more about it guess I will have to check the Travel Forum every so often. Although we have a Dover address we live a good 10 miles from there and don't get that direction often. The area between us and Dover has had a huge housing expansion but the town it's self doesn't look much difference. You all have a good day off to take Ric to Hosp for his surgery.
Hi everyone, just checking in to see if anything new was added, it's been a while, I've been over in the Florida gardening section, posting picture's of my garden beds. I haven't had time to be doing any of my other projects, I have 1 bb to finish, and I just finished this birdbath. So many things I want to do, not enough time,and energy to do them all. lol!
Holly, I have yet to post the picture's of our trip to Thailand, I may get around to doing it sometime this week. When I do I'll DM you!
Hi guys! I love everything in here, I can't believe how talented you all are. Color me envious! I wanted to do something more simple as I don't have the tools or anything else for the tile mosaic work (I most likely lack the talent as well). However, the colored marbles or glass marbles I might be able to do. I like the simplicity of buying and gluing! I wanted to cover a concrete birdbath (I narrow my eyes at it every time I walk in the yard) kind of like how notmartha did her bowling balls or heartofglass did hers. However, I can't really find any online with all marbles or designs. Is this frowned upon or not really work well? I would marble it then grout and follow your steps.
Sure - I've seen a lot of things on here people have done with the half-marble or flattened stones. You can find bags of them at Dollar Tree and likely other $ stores. If I recall, someone said it takes 7 bags to do a bowling ball. You might want to read through and double check as I have not done any yet myself (I have had too much going on lately to start a project - but hope to soon)
You can paint them and only put glass beads on part of the ball like a swirly pattern gives it a different look. They sure look like fun to do. I will be doing mine in June still haven't picked out a pattern yet.
welcomegnome, Just get a bowling ball, find something pretty and break it!!!! If you can,lol ! Any pattern will work, or just start gluing your pieces, before you know it, your ball is finished. Look at it this way, it's a piece of art, no matter what you use to decorate the ball with. I started small, doing terracotta flower pot's and stepping stone. I've never done it before, and now, it seems silly that I was so afraid of doing it. It just come's natural, finding the glass, either bought or found at yard sales. I look at things and think about breaking them, not "how or where am I going to use it! Breaking it. A couple of months ago, I went on Craigs List, and was looking for a free wind shield from a car, a side window, and someone called me and I sent my hubby to pick it up. When he got it home, I wrapped it in a big old blanket, took one on my BB's and dropped it on the covered windshield. I than on rolled the blanket, and picked the pieces of glass up and put them into a container. I used these bits of glass to create one on my BB's. It turned out to be one of the best mosaics I've done. This one I kept for myself. It reminds me of a planet, which one? I don't know, but the magic is in the BB ! I added some sequined gadgets I bought from Michael's ( our local hobby store )and glued them to the ball for extra sparkle. It turned out awesome. What ever you use is going to be a piece of art! Just use the correct glue, weld bond, and use grout to finish up with. Any questions you have, post them here and I'll talk you through it!!! Easier said than done, I'm sure, but you can do this!!! Now ...get started!!!!
Holly, I still haven't started the Thailand thread, to busy in the garden, almost finished, what a lot of work, but I enjoy it, so to me it's like therapy, I can spend the whole day out there and forget about little things like making my wonderful hubby dinner. He's so understanding, if it's not started, he'll find some left over's and just go ahead and eat, or order out. I feel guilty, but I just hate to quit in the middle of something! I'm finished as far as planting goes, now it's just up keep so am starting a new mosaic. He brought me home an old wooden dining room table that was beautiful in it's day. It will be again. It will be my outside table once I'm done with it. I have started the sketch for a gecko, which will be the center piece, and than use up any glass I have surrounding it. I haven't bought any glass in awhile, I think it's time I hit E-bay up and find some. The dollar has gone up when bidding on it, seems more people are doing mosaic's, and the people who sale the glass, a lot of them stained glass people are selling there scraps for high dollar now, ugh!!!!
It's nice to see that someone is still following this thread, mosaic's are fun, no experience needed! Or tools when you first start!! You only need tools when you decide to get more detail in what your making!!!! All you need to get started is some weld bond, a stepping stone or what ever you want to do a mosaic on, and some grout for when your done!!! That's it!!
Hope to see you've started something welcomegnome!!!! Welcome btw to this thread! Ask questions, and I'll answer! Have fun, Jami
This is my next project! I'll be posting as I create it!
Looks like a good next project. Ric broke one of our big windows, it's safety glass so I have a 5 gallon bucket full of it. Plus tile from the upstairs bathroom. Didn't let the guys demo it I did that part myself so I could save all the tile. Is weld bond clear? I was wondering how it would look under the glass.
Holly, you have a master piece waiting to be brought to life!!! With the clear glass, and weld bond( yes, it dries clear, and hard, like super glue) you can decide what you want to use it on, Also, because it's clear glass, you can paint some color on what ever you want to mosaic, and than glue your glass on it. word of caution, the paint may smear a little when using the glue, maybe spray some cheap clear coat from rustoum( from the dollar store) on top of your choice of paint color, let it dry, than start your mosaic. This way the glue won't interfere with your paint running or smearing! Also, to get your weld bond, I was buying it off e-bay, 20oz. was around $13.00 plus $7.00 for shipping, crazy ! I looked around and found out Ace hardware has it, if not in the store,( the store only orders what it can sell,) but if you order it from their warehouse, and have it shipped to the closest Ace to you, shipping is free!! A great deal, It'll cost you $12.00+or- a few cent! You can't beat that. Ace will call you when your order come's in. This is how I get my weld bond now. A 20 ounce bottle will last you through quite a few pieces of mosaic, depending on how big the piece is. And I store my weld bond upside down, always! This way when you take the cap off, you can squeeze just a drop of glue on your piece of glass, you don't need a lot. I also sometimes put a dab of glue on a paper plate, and use tweezers to pick up my piece of glass, dip it in the glue and than place it where you want it. In 24 hours your glass is clear from where you pasted it! You can also dig out your mistakes with in that time, and scrape the glue off. After 24 hours forget it, your not moving anything, as it is now cured!
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
here's a bird bath I just finished! Opps, forgot I already added picture's! Blame it on late night postings when I'm tired and ready for bed!
Happy gardening, and let the Beautiful Art Work Begin!! Jami
BTW, This bird bath wasn't grouted, I used polyurethane in it, the poly got hard, it looked beautiful, and when I filled it with water everything was great, Till, the 4th day! UGH!!!! The poly got soft, water seeped under it, and now I have to figure out how to remedy the situation. I've always grouted my projects, and used the poly to seal the grout lines, not thinking about a bird bath holding water, I just wanted to keep the design in the BB the way it looked with out grouting. I looked it up, and thought I had the answer, was I ever wrong. Now, I have to dig or what ever to fix this mess. A lot of work went into this BB, and I want it in my garden, I'll let everyone know how I correct the issue. Just not sure how, any ideas floating around out there ? I know mosaics, but this is a new problem. I should have grouted and left it alone, but I liked the way it looked with out the grout and decided to try a new route. I'm crying now:( boo hoo! ) Anyway, I have a dremel, and I'm sure I can dig out the poly, if not, I'm going to grout over everything, and start over! I don't know what else to do. I couldn't believe it the day I went out to change the water and saw bubble's under the poly, which meant the water was seeping under it. My hubby thought he saw a weirdness the day before and I brushed him off, he said it looked like a film was floating on top, I was like no way, how? The poly was rock hard, I guess our sun is very hot here, and it melted the poly. I don't know, and at this point don't care. The mistake won't be made again. You learn from your mistakes!
OK, now I close this, any questions, ask me! LOL, but not about my mistake! Bless you all, have a wonderful day! It's beautiful out there!!!!
We order things from our local Ace all the time usually gardening supplies that they don't keep in store stock. So much cheaper than online ordering.
Lets see if I can describe this properly.
I saw on TV where they mixed pea gravel to some type of clear adhesive and poured a walk way. I really liked the look and it made me wonder if I could mix pea gravel into weld bond and apply it to something like a BB or would it slide off? Have you ever tried something like that?
You do beautiful work. Thank you for the words of encouragement. I'll post up when I try my first mosaic/bead project. I'm sorry to hear about your BB. I can only imagine the pain of putting so much work into something only to have it fail and ruin your gorgeous piece. Love the bird bath, really! The full pictures of it are absolutely stunning, I'd cry too. Stupid water.
Just some info you may find helpful - I haven't done mosaic work but I was an EMT and firefighter. So we had to know auto glass and how to work with it for rescue. When you are looking for glass to work with for mosaics, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Windshields are not just safety glass but are laminate. It's a safety feature to try to keep people from becoming projectiles through it. I have seen first hand it's effectivness for this. The laminate will keep the glass together once shattered. This, I would think, would be a hinderance to mosaic work since a) you'd have to deal with the pattern in which it shattered and b) how the laminate would effect the gluing and grouting. I don't know the answer to b) but I would think it would be effected in some way.
2. Tinted windows - you might actually find some tinted glass but often tinting is done with a film that is applied to the glass. This film is a less expensive form of laminate giving you the same problems above. So look before you drag it home.
3. Your best bet is a safety glass. This is what the car's side windows are made from (be aware of tinting films). You can also find it in patio doors because the idea is for the glass to shatter into tiny pieces, not large daggers of glass that would then kill anyone falling into the glass door.
4. Safety glass is strong yet can break easily. We always had a sping loaded center punch in our pockets for this purpose. You'd just set it against the window and let the spring loaded point hit the glass. It's a small punch and that's all it takes. The glass would rain down out of our way allowing us access to the victim in case a door was jammed shut in the accident. So keep this in mind when breaking saftey glass to work with in mosaics - it's strong, but if you should hit it just right it will quickly and easily shatter with very little effort.
5. The MOST important point I would make is having the spring loaded center punch not just for mosaics but also your safety. They are pretty cheap I bought mine at an ambulance supply place and it was $3-$4 and that was some years ago but even if they are $10 now it's worth it to have in your car. I have one in every car I own. Why? Simple - I will give you just 2 reasons - First, suppose you are in an accident - you are concious and able to move but the vehicle is on fire - you want to escape but the door is jammed shut from the accident, maybe the other side is up against the barrier or another vehicle and you can't use the doors...what do you do? If you had a center punch in the console for the side window - there's your exit. Second scenario is what if somehow you drove into water and were sinking - maybe avoiding a child and you swerved but lost control and went into a lake - what would you do when the electrics go out, the window doesn't go down and you are not strong enough to force the door against the water? Normally you'd have to wait until the car filled with water equalizing the pressure and hopefully hold you breath long enough to then force the door open and swim to the surface - but with a spring loaded center punch you could have an exit before the car went under water.
It's cheap insurance for what it can do and the other thing I keep in the vehicles is a knife to cut the seat belts that sometimes don't release after accidents. That way you can cut them. It doesn't have to be an expensive knife, a box cutter works fine and they are cheap...so the next time you are are Home Depot, Lowes, or one of our favorite places to go, think about these 2 items for your vehicles. It's better to have them in each vehicle and never need them, than to wish you had them and not.
I saw a few times where these items could have helped save a life. If my info saves just one somehow, somewhere it's worth the time to have written it. I know it didn't all stay on topic of mosaics, but the glass knowledge may help that too.
Good luck to DD. I can say I spent some time out in AZ, because DH was in Mesa 2 years. I found most drivers and people in general out there were very curteous on the roads. Even driving in downtown Pheonix was nothing like the 4-6 lanes (each direction) of I-95 here. Sometimes it's bumper to bumper, traveling at 80 mph. It's about like driving in L.A. ...crazy.
Sorry I haven't gotten back here, to much going on in the garden :) When using car window glass, I only use the side windows, and what make's this glass so fascinating is the way it breaks! If you add color under the glass before applying it, you get a really beautiful piece. There is a lady somewhere out there in internet land I stumbled across when looking for idea's. She applies this type of glass to wood, as in making sculptures. She does beautiful work, this gave me the idea to use it in my work. I do wrap the window in a moving blanket before breaking it, than carefully scoop the glass up with a spatula, put it in a kitchen colander to shake out the shards of glass, and than put it into my storage container for later use. I don't handle the glass with my fingers, I use mosaic utensils when doing my projects, sometimes using my fingers, and when you get little cuts from glass, it hurts! But only for a little while.
Holly, I would think you could try laying a small frame for each section of what you want to do, coat the area with weld bond, and than pour the pea stone onto the weld bond so it doesn't scatter, but you'd still have to grout. I'm not sure what your thinking, but using the weld bond as a filler, would be expensive.
welcomegnome have you started a project yet? The colored beads would be great on the BB, just follow your heart on how you want to design it!
lovetopaint, thanks for the very important info on tools needed in your car to get out on your own in case of an emergency. Living in Florida, and having many retention ponds, that information is very handy. I see a lot of accidents where the car has ended up in a very deep pond, and the people can't get out. Sad, but happens here a lot. The EMT's and our police are always telling people to carry the tool your talking about , it'll save your life, but I for one, find myself not following through with their advice. I just think it won't happen to me. What a stupid thing to think, and I'll def be sure to pick the tool up! Thanks for the reminder! And I do use caution when gluing this type of glass to my mosaics, it's just a beautiful design, and I like the look of the finished project!
As for the messed up birdbath, still thinking about it! I'm not sure what I'm going to do! Any suggestions??
I have not yet, Jami. I have to still order all my marbles. I have ideas in my head but haven't committed yet. The birdbath may be a wash as far as the marbles are concerned. I didn't realize how many curves it has. I'll take a picture and show you, it may take the glass mosaic, but it's still super daunting and I'm not sure if I'll follow that one through yet. My fiance leaves for basic in May (going reserves), so maybe I'll have more time on my hands and can see how I feel about it then.
I picked up a window pane (frame?), window, lol from a warehouse. I was thinking of doing the marbles on them. Do you think the small panes of glass could hold the half marbles?
We had our HGHA Picnic last Saturday and did the bowling ball project. It was so much fun and there were so many different designs and materials used. So here is Ric's and my balls. Ric did the blue tiles and I did the pebble ball. A few weeks ago I also did these concrete pipes which will become planters. My son came over and he grouted the cylinders and showed me how and I grouted Ric's ball. Still haven't grouted my pebble ball not too sure how I want to do it. With the different thickness of the pebbles and the small spaces between I was wondering if I could use a pastry bag and just fill in the spaces. Has anyone tried something like that?
I haven't tried that but it sounds insanely time consuming Holly. I would just glob on the grout thickly and then press hard and wipe the pebbles clean. Of couse I am Tacky Tina and would infuse the grout with sparkles!
Gnome, I think the weight of your marble's, and than when you grout will cause some serious problems for the glass! If you used light weight pieces, maybe! How thick is the window frame glass? How or what are your plans for it? These are all considerations you have to make for it, but seriously, I would't try it, too much weight!
Holly, Love the work!!!!! I really like the concrete pipe's! Very interesting!!! The balls look great too!, As far as using a pastry bag, NOT, grout will only stick to porous materials, thus making it easy to wash the residual of grout from smooth , shiny surfaces! Put your grout on, push it into spaces, that it won't go into on it's own. Wait about an hour than take a sponge, with the water squeezed out of it, wipe down your ball, and than repeat. Once everything is dry, wipe it down again with water! keep repeating till the glaze is gone! Much easier than a pastry bag!!!
I have yet to start work on my table, can"t seem to make up my mind on the design! Once it get's off the ground, I deff will post my picture's!
Have a great day everyone, let's see some started projects up on here, not just bowling balls!!
HollyAnnS wrote:We had our HGHA Picnic last Saturday and did the bowling ball project. It was so much fun and there were so many different designs and materials used. So here is Ric's and my balls. Ric did the blue tiles and I did the pebble ball. A few weeks ago I also did these concrete pipes which will become planters. My son came over and he grouted the cylinders and showed me how and I grouted Ric's ball. Still haven't grouted my pebble ball not too sure how I want to do it. With the different thickness of the pebbles and the small spaces between I was wondering if I could use a pastry bag and just fill in the spaces. Has anyone tried something like that?
Dover, PA (Zone 6b)
June 20, 2013 7:03 AM
I would do it in sections and you can use a small brush or toothbrush to clean the grout from the pebbles in conjunction with a piece of old towel. By doing it in sections, rubbing, brushing, and clean the pebbles before moving on to the next area, will help to eliminate the problem of the grout sticking and not being able to be removed. Then clean it all up with a cloth and some methylated spirit at the end to shine! Regards,
Hello all- I am new to moasics in the round. Has anyone ever tried making the back of the stained glass silver? It would make the glass reflect the light better. Would the adhesives- thinset, GEII, etc, stick to the paint? Love this thread.
Yes and yes.
A lot of my friends like the copper paint I used too.
I don't know that it especially reflected light better -- the small tempered glass shards did it pretty well. I painted silver because the bowling ball was neon orange (!!) -- with a huge huge crack. I filled the crack and finger holes with expandable foam and painted.
I am enjoying all the beautiful bowling balls. Have several balls here and haven't done anything with them.. I have used E-6000 glue with much success, going to use them on the BB's too. Have an orange ball with a crack in it, Will try filling the crack and then continue on with decorating it instead of it just laying in the flower bed.
Hi all, I'm back after a long absence of being sick. Gave up crafts but I am back. I kept one of the 3 bowling balls I had. I wanted something simple so my grand daughter and I had a fun time doing this. We used glass paint.
Glad you are better curvesarein and I really think that bowling ball is so pretty. My sister has decided that doing mosaics is the next hobby she is going to do. I had a lot of tiles and decided to give them to her since I won't have much time now with a very ill husband to take care of. I also gave her 2 of my bowling balls and I know she will make them beautiful. She is so talented and every project she does turns out great. She is so organized and has a place for all her treasure. I never keep things in one place. Have a couple more balls and if I get motivated I will try to work on them. I may even try the glass paint.
I am wondering what you all fill the holes with? I have several I want to do and need to get started but the glass flowers have all my attention right now. I absolutely love making them and also stacks and totems (what I see them called)
I am sure there are better ways of filling the holes that others will tell younabout, but I put filler cloth in mine - cotton balls - but can use anything... sponge, paper - whatever to take up space part way then squirt in some expanding foam (comes in can and used to seal openings around pipes / joints. It fills the hole and overflow a little. When hardened ( pretty quick) I cut it off right at the point where it leaves the ball..nice and flat. I paint the ball silver or gold/ copper because the tempered glass was clear and I did not want the repair area (the foam is yellow and the balls were a hideous bright orange) to show. The metallic paint looked good underneath the glass.
This might have already been answered and I didn't see it but how do you change the grout colors? My mom and I just started doing the bowling bowls since we have a bowling lane and have a ton of extra that we throw out and the only thing we haven't figured out is the color of the grout and is there a specific one that works better than others? We were told to use sandless grout is that true?