Gazing Ball done

mermaidmosaicsMay 31, 2009

Here's my first try at a bowling ball mosaic. I used silvercoat mirror red and gold for the sun, and glow-in-dark blue for the moon. Underneath the moon are a dusting of starts, with the ORION constellation included, those are glowinthedark too. I'm anxious to see how it will look at night, but first i have to do build a pedestal. I have a heavy piece of irrigation pipe that i will concrete, bought a piece of rebar today at Lowes and left one hole open in the BB. So should be able to feed the ball onto the stand. Then I will mosaic the stand.

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I've read several ways of doing the pedestal but i think for my first try, i will just concrete INSIDE the pipe, leave the pipe there and then concrete over the pipe. I might just be able to pull the pipe out and use it again, but in was really cheap. Stay tuned..

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charmo

Mermaid, your BB looks beautiful, I'd like to see more of it! Let us know if the glow in the dark works it would definitely look amazing. Bravo!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:15AM
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texaswild

Oh, my!!! That is sooooooo beautiful. Yeah, I'm w/Charmo - wanna see all sides.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:26AM
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katishooked

First try!!!!! Beautiful. Even more so if glow in dark works. Let us know.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:57AM
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mermaidmosaics

Thanks Slow, Charmo, and Kati. There a a couple more views on my flickr site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mermaidmosaicsbythesea/

oh the glow in the dark does work. You can see my backsplash

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 10:07AM
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emtnest

OOlala!!!! Beautiful!, where do you buy glow in the dark glass?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 12:33PM
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charmo

I wanna know where to get them also!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 3:24PM
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flagtruck

Beautiful job...this thing is drop dead gorgeous....I love your choice of colors...lovely....I am drooling. going to Flickr to see the rest...great work.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 3:46PM
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mermaidmosaics

Em, Charmo and Flag, thank you so much for your kind words. they made my day. I get the organiks glow in the dark tile from Kathy at Maryland mosaics. I love they are made of recycled glass, she has so many different colors, but only one -my all time favorite is the baby blue by day, glowing blue by night, but they are VERY STEEP. I just bought two more sheets when she had her anniversary sale. If you put in gardenweb, she will give you a 10%.

Be warned, they are $40 per sq. ft!! I put a little piece in everything that I do and I just love it.

i can't get the STUPID link to work(I hate that when it happens), but you can type in
http://www.marylandmosaics.com/
and go to organiks..

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 5:34PM
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charmo

Thanks mermaid! Woo, they are steep! One day though, I will be ordering some. Thanks and again beautiful job!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:11PM
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vee78910

Mermaid, am I seeing your picture correctly? Is the grout on the top actually gold? If so, how on earth did you do that. It glistens like gold jewelry. Boy, would I like to do that! Thanks for your help.

Cheers, Vee

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 9:03PM
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mermaidmosaics

Sure Charmo, if you get them, be sure to post pix of your wip!!

Vee, no i just used charcoal grout, what I think you're seeing is the spectrum silvercoat gold mirror and red mirror are reflecting light. It's the first time I used this mirror, and it really gives you bling and light to any project you are doing.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 9:37PM
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chinatreasures

I'm loving the glow in the dark tiles! I usually just lurk here and have learned so many different techniques. Now my mind is really going in all directions and I'm wondering, as an alternative to the expensive glow in the dark glass, if one could use a glow in the dark paint underneath the safety glass type mosaic and still get the glow in the dark effect? Anybody ever tried that?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 8:57AM
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cathyscache

Mermaid I love yur BB!!!! Just BEAUTIFUL it is!!! And the Glow in the dark tiles are amazing!!! Very very lovely ...

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 12:19PM
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Calamity_J

WOW! Good Job and LOVE those tiles, the backsplash is Awesome!!!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 10:47PM
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mermaidmosaics

Thanks China, Cathy and Calamity
China, no I haven't tried that but maybe some one has. I did buy some glow in thedark polyclay and that does glow, though it doesn't last as long timewise as the organiks glass tiles.. but it's cool. I did it for my nephew's bday plaque.
I think it was sculpey but i am sure you can check. I plan on buying more of the glow clay because life is too short to not enjoy playing with cool things.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 11:00PM
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mermaidmosaics

I just took some new views of the gazing ball, you can check out my flickr site if you want. Once I make the pedestal, will take pix at night. I love my new camera-just got this week

Here is a link that might be useful: Gazing Ball view

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 11:28AM
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daisyme

I've loved this BB since the first I saw it. It's beautiful with the mirror tiles.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 1:24PM
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mermaidmosaics

Daisy, you are so sweet. I feel the exact same about your gazing balls. I've never worked with TG and yours was just too beautiful. Have you started your commission yet??

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 6:10PM
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texaswild

EXCELLENT, MER - It's a real beauty. I've only mosaiced one orb - made from a light fixture filled w/concrete. Good job.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 8:35AM
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