Thursday, February 23, 2012

How to Make a Glass Sphere

Sometimes leaving me alone in Michael's Art and Craft store is a bad idea....I mean, personally, I think it's a GENIUS idea, but my husband tends to disagree. Especially since I hijacked our kitchen island for the past few weeks as a result. 

Anywhoooo.....I skipped my way through Michael's recently and came home with these treasures (minus the spray paint, which I already owned, thanks to the bar stool project):
  • A bag of aqua decorative broken glass filler (I just adored the color)
  • One styrofoam ball
...and yes, I had every intention of hot gluing all of that glass onto the foam ball. 



I started by spraying my foam ball with my aqua spray paint. I had seen a few similar projects on Etsy that honestly looked pretty ugly sad-pants because you could see the stark white foam staring blankly from behind the glass pieces. So, I sprayed my foam aqua, which not only made my foam happy, but it also enhanced the innate shimmer and sparkle of the foam. A two-fer!


I plugged in my hot glue gun, and poured my glass pieces into a paper plate. Let's get started!


One by one, I hot glued the glass pieces to the ball. It was like piecing together a 1000-piece puzzle, only easier because I was creating the puzzle as I went. This took some patience, but by the time I was ready to really lose my sanity, I realized the ball was completely covered. Perfect timing. Sanity is still in tact....this time.


Ta da! You could certainly call it a day at this point. 


I decided at the last minute that I wanted to tone down the brightness of the aqua just a bit. So, I added a very light coat of Krylon Looking Glass spray to the finished orb, to give it a little more of a icy feel.


And now the orb is ready to live on a bookshelf somewhere in my home. I actually do have a place in mind for this glass ball, but it's not quite ready yet, so here are a few examples of what this looks like in context.



Cheers! 

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6 comments:

  1. I have one of those Styrofoam balls layin around... hmm...might have to try this. Looks great!

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    1. Thanks!! It's super easy -- just takes some patience, but totally worth the effort!

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  2. I love it! It's so textural and sparkly! Love Love Love. Off to Michaels to see if they have colors that would coordinate with my house!

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    1. Yay!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  3. This looks really great. You are on a painting spree. I love it!

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