Saturday, July 5, 2014
A Penny (Ball) For Your Thoughts
After seeing one on Pinterest, I knew we just had to have one......and while we were making one, why not make one for Karli too? I am talking about creating a Penny Ball for the garden.
It seemed like a simple enough project until I got Hubby involved. He envisioned welding the pennies together..........that did not work. Back to Pinterest and following their instructions, (sort of), which included gluing the pennies on.
Off to the Thrift Store in search of two old bowling balls. They do actually carry them. Then Hubby decided he wanted to "stick" the pennies on with a product called J B Weld. This was not what was recommended on Pinterest.
At least he got to use a product with the word "Weld" in it.
Sticking the pennies on was a slow process. We sat the ball on a large piece of foam to keep it from rolling around. We stuck the pennies on in sections, allowing them to "set up". All of the pennies were kept in an old skillet for easy access.(HA) It took close to 400 pennies.
We were thrilled with the results. Karli is going to put her ball in her garden to repel slugs, but I wanted a stand for ours, so Hubby went to work creating one out of iron rod.
I got to run the torch, heating up the piece as he pounded on it and bent it into the shape of a circle. Then we shaped three pieces of rod with a slight curve to form each leg. Finally Hubby got to do his welding.......he welded each leg on.
Here is our completed project........
We were so happy with our results..........we displayed our penny ball on the deck. We noticed that it got blazing hot during the day in the sunshine and then our temps at night dipped to 34-40 degrees. Guess what??........our pennies started popping off.
Back to the drawing board. I gathered up the fallen pennies (some did fall through the boards of the deck) and started regluing with DAP All-Purpose Adhesive Sealant, 100% Silicone. This product is supposed to be flexible and won't shrink or crack and is waterproof. It took a while to reglue all the pennies. Now we just have to see if this product keeps them "stuck" on. So far, so good. They are all still on.
Karli's ball went home with her..........hope her pennies are all staying on.
We're sharing this over at JenniferRizzo.com for Fabulously Creative Friday. Enjoy!