Giant concrete orbs amaze me so I wanted to make one for our fern flower bed that has two large oak trees at each end.
I wanted this orb to appear to be natural in this fern bed & I am pleased with how it turned out.
Metallic paints are my all time favorite I used copper, gold, silver, platinum, green and blue for this project. By using a chip paint brush I would add some then blend add some more until I got it the way I wanted it.
No stick cooking spray
Plastic bucket or box to set the ball on to keep it still.
Cement no rocks added.
Clear spray paint for protection.
I would say this project cost about $20 – $25.00 to make.
Air the ball up tight and place on a bucket with the plug side down. Spray non-stick spray on the ball.
The concrete needs something to bond to and the mesh tape did not work for me I tried two different kinds.
I ended up using cheesecloth cut into squares which I dipped in concrete and applied to the ball. Gauze fabric should work the same way.
Once it was mostly dry I started adding more layers of concrete. Then I added another layer of cheesecloth then more concrete. You want it thick enough to withstand the elements of the outdoors.
Once it’s dry deflate the ball and pull it out & you will have the ball for the next project.
I waited a day or so for it to cure and started painting it using my metallic paints. The final step was spraying it with clear for protection.
Now the plug area is what will become the bottom of your orb you can trim the area with utility scissors to make it bigger.
This was my first one and there was a lot of trial and error.
I was going for a natural look so I was not worried about the orb being smoothe.
Wait until you see what I did next.
Wow! That’s very cool. My mom did something similar when I was a kid. but with string soaked in liquid starch wrapped around balloons, making decorations for a party.