DIY Gazing ball
One of the ways to highlight the beauty of your garden is to introduce a gazing ball feature. This feature is especially nice when it is sparkly, but unfortunately it can cost you a little fortune. However today we are going to learn how to make a DIY gazing ball, from this easy tutorial.
Decorative Gazing Ball Tutorial
For this project you will need the following items:
- bowling ball
- sandpaper or sanding block
- silicon sealant or epoxy adhesive
- decorative elements
To start, you need to prepare the surface of the bowling ball, which can be done by sanding the ball. Find the center of the ball and mark it with chalk. This is needed for placing of decor elements, and their spacing. Once you have marked it, it is time to apply the decorative embellishments, which could be metal washers, glass beads, mirrors, ceramic tile and marbles.
You will need to prepare them all for being attached to the bowling ball. They can be applied with a use of adhesive, just follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If the decor piece is too heavy, you need to temporarily secure it with tape, so it won’t slide. It is essential to slowly progress applying the embellishments and you need to make sure that you have enough space in between the decor elements. Give them time to dry and if you see any excess adhesive, remove it by following the manufacturer instructions.
Now, once you have completed decorating the bowling ball, it is time to check its decorative value. As you may know, gazing balls are used extensively as fountain decorations. However, using them separately is also a good idea. Experiment with different locations and see where the gazing ball is offering the most visual impact on the garden. The tutorial is by Tom Russell.
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