So I looked on-line for alternatives and found that people were taking old bowling balls and painting them or gluing shiny things on them and voila! yard art! I like crafty things so I started scouring the local GW for used inexpensive bowling balls. Nothing. I tried Salvation Army. Nada. Craigslist? No way. Maybe Value Village would have one? Nope. The local bowling alley? Nein. It seems that as soon as one person posts an inexpensive recycle craft idea on the web, all the supplies for that craft get promptly scooped up and used by all the crafters in the area. Boo.
Months later, I asked the staff at our athletic club, which has a small bowling alley. They had a ball that was damaged and they didn't know what to do with it. Did it go in the trash bin or the recycle bin? Neither. It came home with me!
|You can see the cracked and damaged area on the right center part of the ball.|
I filled in the crack with some of the adhesive that I was going to use to glue on the glass stones.
The adhesive is called E-6000 and it is paintable.
|I had white spray paint, so I used it up for the first coat. Then I sprayed it with Glow-in-the-Dark paint. I wasn't sure if it would actually glow, but I figured it was worth a try.|
|Blue painter's tape rolled into a sticky rope provided a nice guideline and "shelf" for the glass stones.|
|Now it just needs the sun to come out and "charge" the paint so it will glow tonight.|