Friday, March 5, 2010

DIY Bowling Ball - Mirror Gazing Ball

Bowling Ball………$1.00…………Garage Sale

Stand……………$2.00…………..Estate Sale

Broken mirror……………………FREE

Your backyard looking like a disco in the afternoon sun……….PRICELESS!

Never spend a small fortune on gazing balls again. And this one is not likely to break because a squirrel jumps on it.

Ok, here ya go.

Bowling ball
Foam or a bowl to hold ball while working
Silicone ll sealant
Broken mirror
Buckets (one for grout mix and one for clean water)
old towels
Rubber gloves

Place the bowling ball in a bowl, or what I do, is set it on a piece of waffled foam padding. This is to stabilize it so you can glue the mirror on it. I also fill the finger holes with liquid nails or silicone glue to even out the surface.
Break or cut the mirror pieces to be a tad smaller than 1 inch square. Smaller pieces are easier to glue on and will lay flatter on the round surface. I use an old towel. Wrap the mirror, and then whack it. The towel keeps the mirror from shattering all over the place.

Glass cutters work great on thin mirror but on really thick mirror you gonna have to break it with a hammer. (I got over the 7 years bad luck stuff a long time ago.)

Using clear silicone II sealant, start gluing the mirror to the ball. I do it like working a jig saw puzzle, trying to keep a minimum of a ¼ inch space between the pieces. Cover the entire ball, except where it is resting on the bowl or support. Let it dry for several hours (overnight works best). Then carefully rotate the ball to finish gluing the mirror. Let the glue dry for a day or two. This is dependent on weather. Temperature is a factor in the glue drying well.

Now it’s time to grout. I like the black (formal name is “charcoal”) color. BE SURE it is SANDED grout. And wear good rubber gloves. Messy stuff and it’ll dry your hands out. Put about 3 cups of the grout in an old bowl or bucket and add just enough water to get a peanut butter consistency. This is tricky so add your water a little at a time. If it seems too runny add a little more powdered grout. Once you get the thick but workable consistency, let the mixed grout sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then start smearing it on the ball, pushing it in the cracks. Have a bucket of clean water and a coarse sponge on hand, ready to go. Once you have covered the entire ball, then start wiping grout from the mirror. Each swipe requires a clean, well-rung-out sponge…so rinse often. When you have removed most of the grout from the mirrored pieces, let it sit for an hour or two. The grout will partially dry and you can buff the mirror with a clean rag or old towel.

And there ya go…. You have your very own disco gazing ball. Mirror is great because it reflects the colors of your garden and changes with the sunlight.

I did another ball, using broken pieces of souvenirs from the Clinton Museum store. Here it is. They sold it to a private collector. I called it the “Blues Ball”. Can ya see the saxophone on it?
You can use marbles (the ones with a flat side) or broken china. The possibilities are endless. Have fun and show off those balls!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Today I'm suffering from PES! If you don't know what that's "Post Event Syndrome." A common occurrence after a major show. (a sign of age??? surely not!...I say with a grin) And the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show was a HUGE success. Beautiful weather and folks with spring fever gave way to a heck of a crowd at the show. I sold 20 art pieces (when ya see something dissappear from my Etsy Store it's cause it sold elsewhere) and handed out over 300 class schedules and registration forms. Reservations for classes were on my voice mail before the show was even over. So if you want to take a class, make your reservations as soon as you can to ensure the date(s) you want.

Class info is available on my website....

My wonderful Hubs is about halfway through with my studio in our backyard. We've used an old glass top from a patio table for a skylight. All 9 of our windows are recycled from a house in the neighborhood. We continue to pick up odds and ends from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store just a few miles from our home. Old set pieces, from the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater are being added for indoor work surfaces and storage. Hubs found a really cool old craftsman door from a salvage place that he's going to convert to a dutch door. Yep. It's really going to happen! I'm gonna have my own art studio...someday. Of course, it's been a tad tight (can we say it's the economy, stupid?) but we are optimistic that this summer will be a successful one. Especially after such incredible response at this weekend's Garden Show!

With that being said, perhaps you'd like to help?

Perhaps you need a wonderful present that is Arkansas / American made?

Perhaps you'd like to expand your own creative horizons? Did I mention my classes are forming?

Perhaps you have a fun group that needs a little humorous motivation?

Perhaps you can't make it to North Little Rock for a class and you are ready to get outside and create some fun garden art?

Spring is almost here! Help yourself and it helps Hubs build my studio. It's a win-win-win!

(We will now return to regular programming..... the Queen has finished today's commercial!)

You see...that's a sure sign of PES...I can't shut up!

I also want to say a HUGE thanks to MaGo, Corrie, and of course, Hubs! I couldn't do these huge shows without 'em!

I gotta go now 'cause I have to unpack crates from the show and clean up my little in-home gallery. Some ladies are coming by this afternoon to purchase a few items they didn't want to carry around at the Garden Show!

We'll talk soon, y'all!

Kandy, the Garage Sale Queen

Coming this week..... Your first, in a long series, of DIY garden projects.....

Gazing ball using a bowling ball and found objects! Your backyard will look like a disco before you know it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Feb. 26 to 28

I can't believe spring is almost here and the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is the absolutely best place to warm up that Spring Fever.

I've been at the Garden Show for the last 7 years and, needless to say, I love it.
That is also the reason I haven't been posting on this blog. I've been doing art! Lots of fun stuff that I'll be showing this weekend. Like this one called.......

"I'm ready for my closeup"

Yep, finally... I've done some flamingo art to sell. Many folks have asked for it, now it's here.

Check out this watering can, also with wonderful little pink flamingos.... 4 of them, to be exact!

And a really funky mirror.

Come by and see me at the Statehouse Convention Center, in Downtown Little Rock, this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you say you saw this blog, I'll give you a 10% discount.

I have also finalized my class schedule for this spring and summer. You can find it on my website.

I'll be teaching Hypertufa and Mosaics several times (and locations) this year, so find the class that is right for you.

Look for other surprises, coming this spring. I have so many ideas, I busting at the seams and having a hard time sleeping. The fact that I'm a tad chubby has nothing to do with it!

The first of March, I will start showing a "do it yourself" garden project every week, right here on this blog.....just in time for spring! And I'll be hitting the Garage Sales so I'll have lots of fun things to share.

Hope to see y'all at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show....

Kandy, the "Garage Sale Queen"