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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Glass Garden Balls DIY

By special and numerous requests, here you are, the tutorial for my glass garden balls ....originally posted in 2013!



My blog header shows my love of cobalt blue glass
 and I've added that love of blue glass to my garden art.


Years ago my family got me a big blue gazing ball for my 
daisy flowerbed and I knew I wanted more, more, more! 

But hey, those gazing balls are not cheap and they are surprisingly fragile. 

Basically they are just giant glass Christmas balls. 
And they break if they fall over.What to do?


My first idea involved a bowling ball and lots of glass half marbles from the Dollar Store. 
I got this idea from the Garden Junk forum over at Garden Web.

 I used Silicone II adhesive and  did a bit at a time, only glueing the gems
 on top and let the adhesive dry a bit the turning the ball and doing another little area.

 If you try to do the sides the gems will fall off before the adhesive sticks well, so slowly slowly.

 I LOVE how this came out!!! 

The bowling ball cost me $4 at a thrift store and I used about 6 bags of glass marbles.
The Silicone II cost $4.

 My first blue glass garden ball for about $14. I was hooked!


I snagged this round glass light fixture for 25 cents and knew it would be my next ball project.
 Dollar Store half marbles and garage sale finds gave me the blue glass I needed.
I decided to go with this Amazing Goop silicone adhesive because it was CHEAP.
 It is basically the same formula as  the Silicone II. The total cost on this 
pretty ball is less than $10.


This is definitely an OUTSIDE project since all the glues I've mentioned are incredibly smelly. 
Even outside I have a fan blowing across my work area to avoid the fumes. 
I settled on my front porch and started gluing. Put a small blob of glue on each
 individual marble, you do not have to goop it on. Smear a layer on the topmost 
area of your big ball and put your marble in place.

 I twist them a bit to make sure they stick together.


IMPORTANT! 

The adhesive does not set up instantly so you will have to do small areas
 of your ball and let it dry for several hours then turn it over to do
 the other sides. If you go too fast and  skip this step  you'll have
 glass marbles falling off all over the place! 

In this project patience will reward you with a beautiful art piece.


And done!!


Here she is (of course she's a lady! LOL!) nestled in a soft bed of creeping Jenny. 

A hot pink petunia will join her soon.

 I love the bright blue glass against my blue deck railings and house color.


Oooh ahhh!


And here is the first bowling ball I did 20 years ago!

 She's looking pretty good for her years.

Since then I have glued glass gems to lamp gloves, plastic Christmas balls, 
styrofoam craft balls, soft balls, plastic balls from Dollar Tree and even a hampster ball!

I am always looking for more round balls to decorate for my garden!

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    1. I agree! Very talented - this cobalt blue color is the color of my childhood and summer. Thank you for inspiring me to create my own version of your glass ball

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  2. This has sparked all kinds of ideas in my mind. Thanks and I'm pinning!

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  3. I love these, and it is the kind of project I would love to do if I ever got around to it.

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  4. Hi Ann, I'm visiting over from Flamingo Toes. I love your gazing ball! It's really beautiful, and caught my eye because I recently made a bird bath using Liquid Nails and I was wondering how it held up in the weather. Did you have any trouble with the marbles coming off? Thanks for any suggestions!

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    1. As long as you used exterior liquid nails you should not have a problem. I did some pebble balls with just regular interior liquid nails and the stones are falling off in less than a month. As long as I use E 6000 or Silicone II I have had really good results. I am going to get some exterior grade Liquid Nails to redo the pebble balls since I like the tan color with the rocks. Good luck and have fun!
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  5. What a great idea! I am featuring this tomorrow! I hope you enjoy the feature. I enjoyed seeing how you created this project. Thanks for sharing how & linking up and being such an inspiration. xo Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

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  6. I was trying this with some painting techniques. I am glad it takes awhile to dry because I had to remove the paint. How do you clean the silicone adhesive off to start again?

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  7. I really find this absolutely beautiful. This sparking creativity is amazing. I love glass balls used as decorations and this idea of making garden glass balls would be definitely my next home creation.

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  8. Aha! I found your fabulous post about how to make these garden glass balls. When you visited and commented on my blog you peaked my curiosity and I so had to visit yours. We do have a lot in common. I actually have popped into your blog previously and it was probably through Pinterest. I really want to make my own version of this project and with your great instructions I now know how. Thanks! ~Thea

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