Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Complete


I finished them! I'm still deciding on which container to use.


I entered these in the Mod Podge spring contest. The picture quality is bad on this one. The colors are much prettier in person.
It will be a miracle if I win since I don't ever win anything, but I thought it would be fun to try. Maybe I'll win a lifetime supply of Mod Podge or something. :)


A few notes about making them. The styrofoam balls slough off teeny tiny pieces. I found that if you rub it with your hands before you start, it decreases the amount of dust. But, if you use a skewer to hold the ball with one hand and use the other hand to do the messy work, touching only the fabric or paper and not the ball when you smooth it on. If you do get some dust in the glue, you really don't notice it. If you think it will bug you then I recommend spraying the ball with a clear coat of spray paint before you start. It will help to keep those little pieces from sloughing off.

If you are using paper, don't get discouraged if the paper won't lie flat. You just keep working and go back and smooth it down. The paper will soften a little after it's been in the glue for a few minutes. Be careful not to smooth it after the glue has dried enough to be tacky because you might tear the paper. If you do, then simply cover it with another strip of paper.

On the sheet music ones, I thought it would be cool to paste on the song title as well as the composer.


2 comments:

Heidi said...

Wow. I love the sheet music balls. I'm going to have to try to make some!

Thanks for the idea.

Rob, Brooke and Caleb said...

After I read your first post about these I ran out and bought some mod podge and made some of my own! I used newspapers and maps to wrap them in; they look really cool. then on a whim I wrapped hemp cord all around them in different directions, but with the map or newspaper still showing through. It looks so cool, really unique. Yours turned out great!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!