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« on: April 05, 2015 10:47:31 AM »

I ran across a couple light fixture globes at a yardsale for 25 cents each, so I decided to bring them home and turn them into mosaic garden balls. I worked on these during the winter when it was too nasty to go outside, but finally got around to grouting them this weekend. Oddly enough, I loved the blue/white one before I grouted and hated the black/red one - now that they're finished, I feel exactly the opposite. Funny how that works out...

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2015 11:22:11 AM »

Haha! Well I think they both turned out great  Grin In light of today being Easter, my first thought when I saw the thumbnail was that this would be really cool to do on an egg-shaped base too! Can you give any more details about how you made them?
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2015 11:50:38 AM »

Thanks Camillion! They were a ton of fun to do. I used e6000 glue and some packages of mosaic stained glass that I picked up at Hobby Lobby, I like the misc. glass packs because you get such a variety of colors/textures. I also used some flat backed marbles, some safety glass from an old busted up shelf, and a package or two of random mixed glass beads I had laying around in my stash.

For the beaded portions on the blue/white ball, I threaded them on a piece of wire and bent them into the design I wanted - it was VERY fussy attaching the beads to the globe. I ended up using some masking tape and sort of tacked the beaded wire down every 4-5 beads with glue. Once it dried, I went back in with a toothpick and stuck down almost every bead.

I will warn you, that you have to work in pretty small sections when you're working with a sphere, otherwise the pieces tend to slide around a bit. I was happy that I had two globes going at once.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2015 03:56:25 PM »

I'd gladly take the white one of your hands if you don't like it!  Wink
They have a different style and both look awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2015 04:43:20 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2015 05:28:40 PM »

Thanks Camillion! They were a ton of fun to do. I used e6000 glue and some packages of mosaic stained glass that I picked up at Hobby Lobby, I like the misc. glass packs because you get such a variety of colors/textures. I also used some flat backed marbles, some safety glass from an old busted up shelf, and a package or two of random mixed glass beads I had laying around in my stash.

For the beaded portions on the blue/white ball, I threaded them on a piece of wire and bent them into the design I wanted - it was VERY fussy attaching the beads to the globe. I ended up using some masking tape and sort of tacked the beaded wire down every 4-5 beads with glue. Once it dried, I went back in with a toothpick and stuck down almost every bead.

I will warn you, that you have to work in pretty small sections when you're working with a sphere, otherwise the pieces tend to slide around a bit. I was happy that I had two globes going at once.

Thanks for the detail! Hopefully the blue/white one will grow on you Smiley It's always a shame when the time-consuming projects don't turn out as you hoped!
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2015 07:22:04 AM »

I think they're both great!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2015 01:24:04 PM »

Turned out so fun! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2015 02:49:23 PM »

Thank you guys! I believe I have changed my mind again about the blue one - a friend gave me a small LED tap light from IKEA, and it fits perfectly in the base of the globe. I don't typically like light up garden decor for myself, but I'm kindof digging this:

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2015 03:23:18 PM »

the glow totally changes it! How cool!
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