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« on: March 08, 2009 11:34:23 PM »

I posted one of these a couple of weeks ago (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294038.10) and I finally finished the other two I was working on.  They are bowling balls covered with flat marbles.  The stands are simply pillar candle holders, the two taller ones are from the thrift store, and the smaller one is from a yard sale.  Total cost of materials (bowling balls, stands, glue, marbles)- under $20 to make all three of these.  I just love them!  They are pictures on my fireplace because I haven't decided where to put them in the yard yet.  The purple one I showed in a previous post, sorry for reposting it but it looks so pretty with the other two  Cheesy The others are a red bowling ball with clear marbles, and a blue bowling ball with dark blue marbles. 



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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009 12:35:52 AM »

those are so pretty, i love them where they are on the fireplace even if its not where youre going to keep them Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009 12:43:04 AM »

Thanks, Megzy818!  I like them there, too.  I think that might become their "winter home"  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009 01:25:33 AM »

Too nice for the garden lol so pretty great idea
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009 01:57:54 AM »

They came out stunning and they look fantastic just where they are.  Those stands really add to the bowling balls.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009 05:18:20 AM »

Those are really nice. I think that I might just have to find some bowling balls and make them as gifts for Christmas. I love how they look as a group.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009 07:49:24 AM »

I am thrilled you posted more finished pictures! They look amazing! were they cheaper to make than to buy a finished item of simillar type?
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009 10:12:24 AM »

I am thrilled you posted more finished pictures! They look amazing! were they cheaper to make than to buy a finished item of simillar type?

My question, as well.  I would like to make one, but if it's cheaper, I might just buy one.

Your work looks good.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009 11:42:34 AM »

It's hard to find something completely comparable, but this site http://www.gazingballoutlet.com/ seems to have all kinds of gazing balls pricing ranging from $23-400. depending on material..  and the stands are $40+ alone on there.  I'd say mine were definitely cheaper!  It cost under $20 to make all three combined, not each, and the build time was not much at all. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009 01:06:08 PM »

Just one more question:
How do you pick one of those up to move it around? Did you leave the fingerholes intact or do you just pick the thing up with both hands?
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