Mosaic Sphere Fountain
My name is Marcia and I'm new to mosaics... so new in fact I'm signed up for my first class at the Chicago Botanical Arboretum starting in July. What I want to do is a fountain like this:
I've been doing a lot of reading here and other sites. I bought a 10" beach ball, the kind in the cages at Wal-Mart. Not a blow-up one. I think from what I've read I'm going to use Rigid Wrap and then a layer of Fiberglass mesh with Mapei UltraFlex II. I saw where someone had "primed" their ball first, but with what I'm not sure. Some kind of spray it looked like. Anyway... then let it dry and then more Mapei to adhere the tiles, then use as grout also. I'm not sure if I should remove the rubber ball? Also wondering how to do the plumbing? I'm thinking after the sphere has cured to drill a hole and use a PVC pipe? Like a said I'm a newbie and have no clue what I'm doing, but that's never stopped me in the past. If you have other ideas or suggestions please chime in! I sure would appreciate some advice. :)))
Thanks much and hope to hear from some of you.