July 16th, 2009 in member junk     
audlyenuf audlyenuf, member
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These bowling balls in disguise are fun to make and beautiful in the garden

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - audlyenuf
posted in: member junk, garden art

Comments (13)

RustyDiva writes: Love audball3 ~ it looks rusty! Great job. Posted: 6:11 pm on July 20th
fellowjunker writes: Okay..........after your and Kathy's post about the mosaic bowling balls, I am NOW on my way out the door to the thrift shop to look for some I can mosaic. Love these!!!
xojanis Posted: 4:49 pm on July 20th
emw1203 writes: Now this is so creative. I have seen people use ordinary bowling balls as those gazing balls but this is very unique. I was just wondering what you used to hold the shells in place and then read the details. You did an excellent job. The seashell one would look great at the shore and could even be sold as I think it is really cute. (Reminds me of that old tongue twister...sally sells seashells at the seashore)
Do you have to use rounded china pieces for the mosaic one? As I tried it once and failed miserably at doing mosaic tiling so I was just curious if it helps if you have pieces of broken plates that have a curve to them. Thanks for the tips. Posted: 1:58 pm on July 20th
shabbychick writes: audleyenuf (love your name)! I love your bowling ball creations (I've done some too) - my favorite is the seashell ball - but, I love what you did with the first one - very fun and a nice paint technique.

Welcome and thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 11:38 am on July 20th
junkermidge writes: So cool and a great way to recycle bowling balls. AUDball 3 is definitely my favorite, but you did a great job on them all. Way to go!
Midge Posted: 10:27 pm on July 18th
suewhitney writes: Love these. Great use for old bowling balls. Love the term audball too! Welcome and have fun!!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:15 am on July 18th
MimiToria writes: Thank you so much for this post. I have a dark green bowling ball that my sister gave to me. My grandparents were both bowlers and this sister gave each of the 4 girls in our family a bowling ball she found at garage sales for our gardens. My dark green bowling ball simply blends in with the garden and I've been wanting to do this type of project with my ball. Thanks for the detailed instructions, as I've bookmarked in my tutorials as a favorite. This will be a Winter project for me. Hmmmm, now which style do I like best?
Thanks for sharing!
Gretchen Posted: 12:16 am on July 18th
audlyenuf writes: Thanks for the welcome and all the kind words! To answer a few questions.....I fill the holes w/grout, cement or plaster then paint the ball with gesso. This helps the pieces or design stay better. My favorite glue for these projects is 'goop', as it dries fast and holds well. The design on audball3 is made with dimensional fabric paint. I then painted w/metallic paint; sprayed it w/turguoise paint and wiped immediately with cheese cloth. I then rubbed dark brown shoe polish all over it to give the patina.
I spray all my audballs with verathane or urathane to preserve them in the weather.
Hope this helps.
Audlyenuf Posted: 12:30 pm on July 17th
meggyjean writes: I love these. What did you use on the first one? I have been looking for ideas for my 2 bowling balls...gargae sale 2 of them for .25...I love deals! Posted: 11:35 am on July 17th
monakent writes: Fun, fun FUN!!!!!!! Please tell us what you used and how you created these projects. I would love to do a similar project with my 6 yr old nephew and 9 yr old niece!!!

Adorable - all turned our great.

Okay...... here it comes..... they ALL bowled me over!!!!! gailmarie Posted: 10:50 am on July 17th
piecesofthepast writes: I LOVE that mosaic ball! How do you get those pieces to go so nicely on the ball? Mine would be a mess if I tried to do that! Posted: 6:41 am on July 17th
alicemom writes: I think these are the bomb! I love them. Now I know what we can do with all my husbands bowling balls! Great work!
smiles, alice Posted: 10:15 pm on July 16th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I LOVE audball3. That is very, very cool!
Candy Posted: 9:50 pm on July 16th
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