Glass Ball Garden Decorations

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) A yard globe, also known as a garden globe, gazing ball, lawn ball, garden ball, gazing globe, mirror ball, chrome ball, or orb, is a mirrored sphere typically displayed atop a conical ceramic or wrought iron stand as a lawn ornament. Its size ranges from 2 to 22 inches in diameter, with the most popular gazing ball being about 12 inches (30 cm). Gazing balls were glass but can now be stainless steel, ceramic, or stained glass. Unlike hanging friendship balls or witch balls that have a loop, gazing balls have a stem so they can securely sit in a stand. Larger sizes can be made but prove difficult due to the weight of the blown glass. A gazing ball in a garden located in Breda, Netherlands History Gazing balls originated in 13th century Venice, Italy, where they were hand-blown by skilled craftsmen. King Ludwig II of Bavaria, sometimes referred to as Mad King Ludwig, is said to have adorned his Herrenchiemsee palace with lawn balls, however, the palace and gardens were never finished after Ludwig died in 1885. Sometime later the gardens, based on Versailles, were open to the public and visitors may have seen the ‘lawn balls,’ but the Victorian period was quickly coming to an end. By the 1880s and 90s the nature of English landscape was changing dramatically with William Robinson’s and Gertrude Jekyll’s designs. It would be difficult to say that “Mad King Ludwig” had much influence in the area of garden ornaments. Gazing balls enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity in the 1930s. They appear in a number of modernistic gardens of the period as a variation on the traditional sundial or birdbath centrepiece. Many of them from this period may have been made in polished metal rather than glass. Their popularity was probably influenced by the illuminated glass globe which was the central focal point of the modernist garden shown at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris, in 1925. The “Jardin d’Eau et de Lumière” was triangular in shape, largely consisting of tiered triangular reflecting pools and planting beds. At the center of the ensemble was an electrically propelled and internally illuminated sphere of stained glass. “The mirror globe turning slowly to reflect lights is rather a night-club trick than a serious attempt at garden decoration. But it is completely successful in focusing the interest and relieving, by its unexpected location, what would otherwise be an altogether stiff pattern.” Other modernist garden designs followed, using plain metal or glass mirror globes; notable examples included several roof top gardens developed by Department Stores in London, America and Australia. This probably made the ispread the idea The gazing ball suited the geometric clean lines of the Art-Deco style especially the visual connection with the chrome plating which was part of the Streamline-moderne aesthetic of the 1930s and 1940s – so much so in fact that they became identified in many people’s minds as an invention of the 1930s. Subsequently many people in the 1950s and afterwards viewed them as a bit tacky; an example of prosaic suburban taste of the interwar period on a level with garden gnomes – they have never quite regained status. See also Kugel ball Garden ornament Front yard Christmas ornament Crystal ball v t e Lawn and garden ornaments Lawn Bird bath Bathtub Madonna Concrete Aboriginal Concrete goose Garden gnome Lawn jockey Plastic flamingo Suncatcher Whirligig Yard globe Garden Puteal Suikinkutsu Sundial Wind chime Wishing well
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Glass Ball Garden Decorations

 Garden Art Ball Materials Here are ideas for the base, decorative materials, and adhesive: Round Base Lamp globe. I look for old lamp globes (from ceiling fixtures) at the thrift store that have strong, thick glass. I have lamp globes in my garden all year-round here in Canada and I am yet to have one break. The old ones are tough! or Bowling ball. Be sure to sand off the glossy surface before you start for better adhesion.  Some people also use old sports balls such as a soccer or football ball but I have not tried this myself. Spray Paint. If you want your bowling ball or lamp globe to have a colour that shows in the gaps between the marbles, sand and spray paint it first. Krylon brand works nicely and comes in many colours. Decorative Materials The quantities needed will depend on the size of your base (lamp globe or bowling ball) and how complex your design is. Flat Marbles – flat-bottom marbles, round marbles (glass gems), square gems. This may be the only decorative item you need. If you want to make a complex design, consider the following items as well. Fillers to go Between the Flat Marbles Mini-bits (embellishment glass, 2-4 mm) Vase fillers Vase gems Filler confetti… These fillers (for the gaps between the flat-marbles) are sold under various names. It really helps to see them in-person or read the size descriptions carefully online. You want to be sure they are the size, colours, and textures you want for your project. I have found them in craft store, florist shops, and dollar stores. Most often they are in the floral department. More Ideas for Decorative Materials Coins, round glass or mosaic pieces, flat stones or decorative accent glass, beads, necklaces, aquarium gravel…. Quantity will depend on the size of your ball or globe. Leftovers can always be used for other projects.

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

A yard globe, also known as a garden globe, gazing ball, lawn ball, garden ball, gazing globe, mirror ball, chrome ball, or orb, is a mirrored sphere typically displayed atop a conical ceramic or wrought iron stand as a lawn ornament. Its size ranges from 2 to 22 inches in diameter, with the most popular gazing ball being about 12 inches (30 cm). Gazing balls were glass but can now be stainless steel, ceramic, or stained glass.

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

Basic Design and Material Ideas Using a bowling ball or thick glass lamp globe (that’s what I use), some decorations, and adhesive (see the one I recommend here), you can make a glass garden sphere for approximately $5-20. I’ve provided free instructions below. Along with flat marbles (glass gems), additional design options include pennies, old costume jewelry, and/or paint, or decoupage with Mod Podge. Really, you can cover the base sphere in just about anything with a flat side that adheres nicely and can withstand the weather. I often get asked about grout after the basic ball is completed. No, you cannot grout the balls with this method. If you want to cover up the areas between the marbles (as shown in the photo below), use mini bits, which are listed in the Garden Art Balls Materials section (below). Garden Ball Art Gallery

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

When I make my bowling ball project I start at the top end of the ball from the finger holes. I start placing my gems, pennies or whatever you might want to use, working my way down. I put several on the ball at a time, then let it dry a little before adding more. when I get to the finger holes, I use a little of the GE Sealant inside the holes and add small objects such as smaller glass gems that are scratched or deformed to fill these holes. when I get to the top of these holes I add more of the sealant at the top and then placing a gem, penny or whatever into the sealant so that it covers the holes up, making my ball totally covered. I sometimes just fill the smaller holes and leave the bigger thumb hole open so if I want to place it on a metal rod in my garden. ( you must hammer the rod a foot or two in the ground for it to support a bowling ball (gazing ball). I hope this helps.

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

When outdoor glass art decorates your landscape you’ll never want the sun to go away! This selection of outdoor glass artwork will bring a whimsical, radiant look to your natural setting, even on cloudy days. Choose from our collection of glass birdbaths, glass gazing balls, glass garden stakes and more. This garden glass art features a weatherproof finish to ensure they’ll maintain an elegant look for many years to come. No matter the season, outdoor glass art will add beauty and color your flowerbeds or lawn. You’re sure to enjoy adorning your outdoor spaces with glass garden art.

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

I’ve used some sandpaper to rough it up a bit, then used an outside primer. After the primer is dry I spray painted my bowling balls. Once the last coat of paint has dried according to directions (I used more than 1 coat, but it varied for me according to the condition of the ball I was using) cover the ball with an outdoor polyurethane as a sealer. I also gave the sealer several coats for protection but make sure you let each coat dry completely. If you don’t grout it, the color of the ball will show through; the flat marbles will not completely cover the total surface of the bowling ball.

Glass Ball Garden Decorations

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