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margie12u
Indiana
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:21 am   Post subject: Lady Bug Bowling Ball For My Garden


Lady Bug Bowling Ball For My Garden
I purchased a bowling ball at the Goodwill Store. I brought it home and my husband and I cut it in half. We used a hand cutting wood saw to cut a line in the bowling ball about 1\8 in. deep and about 3 to 4 inches long. We started the cut with the handsaw first because it would be very hard to start the cut using a reciprocating saw (Sawzall) because of the round surface of the ball. We used a wood cutting blade and cut all the way around the ball cutting it about 1 inch depth until we cut all the way around the ball. You will need to hold the ball while you are cutting it. We used a metal cutting blade in Sawzall to finished cutting the ball because the center is much harder. You can fill the hole with silicon or some type of caulking. I filled the holes with paper first. It will take less silicon and will dry faster. I sprayed the ball with Kilz it is a stain killer and a primer. I let it dry 24 hours. The next morning I made patterns for the mouth, eyes, and the spots that I painted on it. I painted the ball red, it took 3 coats. I let it dry 24 hrs. The next day I placed the patterns on the ball, I used a black flair pen to trace around them and painted the spots, mouth and and eyes, all in black. After it dried, I painted the eyes and month. We had some 14 gauge copper electrical wiring that we used it for the Antennas. The wire is very flexible and I wrapped it around a pencil to shape them. I put little beads on the end of the Antenna to give it a different look. I drilled holes in the ball for the antennas to fit in. We made the head out of a old crochet ball and cut it in half with a table saw and painted it black. We attached it to the ball with 2-inch deck screws and filled the holes. I took half marbles to use as eyes to make them stick out further. I tried it without the crochet ball for the head first but the crochet ball made it looked much better. It took about 3 days to complete







The cut Bowling ball ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






The cut Bowling ball ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






This is were I filled the holes ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Copper Wire For the Antennas ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Primered And Ready For Paint ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Three Coats Of Red Paint ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Starting To Paint The Eyes And the Spots ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Painted Mouth And Eyes Before Adding The Crochet Ball ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Front View With Spots ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






Back View ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )






( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )


Completed Lady Bug ( photo / image / picture from margie12u's Garden )


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thepondlady
Utah
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:57 am   


Very nice! I have one I am going to paint like a giant bumble bee. I made a giant sunflower out of a fan from a semi truck. SOoooooo cool. The big bee will be mounted on a dowel next to the Sunflower. I will add pics to may Gallery when it is done. Love the Lady bugs. Razz

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Droopy


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Western Norway
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:12 am   


You really did well. I like ladybirds, both the real ones and the decorative ones. Thanks for the instruction. Now I know how to make them if I ever get time to try it. Very Happy

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Bodhi

S. FL
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:22 am   


How ingenious! How cute! That is going to look so nice sitting in your garden, and you can make two from one bowling ball. I love it!

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eileen


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Scotland
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:38 am   


I do love posts like this!! Recycling at its very best that produces something attractive for the garden. What could be better? Very Happy

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SongofJoy57

Foothills of North Carolina Z = 7a & 7b
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:13 pm   


This is brilliant! (And so are the other ideas! TY! <3

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:38 pm   


That turned out great Margie!

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stratsmom

Southern Oregon
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:36 pm   


That is darn cute!!!!! Did you make a he and a she since you had 2 halves?

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sugar
UK
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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:28 pm   


I love it!
I had my daughter in June and she was classed as a June Bug which was a ladybird, so thats close to my heart Smile well done!

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Frank


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Originally Galway, Ireland
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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:55 am   


This is wonderful Margie, and a brilliant tutorial with pics. I'm so impressed Mr. Green

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calinromania

Oradea, Romania
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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:30 am   


wow. nice idea and cool ladybugs. if i ever made some, i don't think i'd find them a place in my flower garden, since it's right in the street and they might attract ... thieves!
Very Happy

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angmf2233
PA
Posts: 53
Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:10 pm   


Thats really cute!!!!!I just found two small molds, one ladybug and a butterfly. I have pored cement and make 2 each so far, need to paint them yet! I have done a few mosaic bbowls, but not a ladybug, you do nice work!

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Jerry Sullivan


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Chelmsford MA
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Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:25 am   


A definite strike with this one Margie. This will be a garden feature for years to come.

A winner,

Jerry

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