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hummingbird3172

Zone 9b Saint Cloud, FL
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Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 7:46 pm   Post subject: Glueing glass onto a bowling ball.....


Does anyone have a good glue they recommend? I figure I haven't used my bowling ball for at least 13 years and would get much more joy out of it as a gem encrusted work of art for my garden. I am using the extra large glass gems that have an iridescent effect. I love the ones I've seen posted here!




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toni


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Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 8:54 pm   


I use Gorilla Glue on things that are going outside, like the three birdbaths I built. I have painted two bowlings balls and have one plain one out back waiting for it's paint job, haven't glued things to any yet tho.

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hummingbird3172

Zone 9b Saint Cloud, FL
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Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 9:10 pm   


Thanks Toni! That sounds good!

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Crafty Gardener
Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:00 pm   


GE silicone II works really well as does Crafters Goop

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WUVIE

NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA
Posts: 83
Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 2:06 am   


Be still, my heart, another bowling
ball project.

Love it!

I use BOND 523 glue, but it is fumey
and must be used in a well ventilated
area. I learned the hard way to limit
my time on the project or do it out
of doors. However, I have only used it
on indoor projects.

Gorilla Glue outside? Hey, I'm going
to have to get some of that!

KM

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cajunbelle

zone 8b Louisiana
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Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 3:35 am   


I use GE Silicone II for Windows and Doors. The Gorilla Glue holds really good outside, but it expands and I find that it tends to be a little messy, especially working with small pieces.

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hummingbird3172

Zone 9b Saint Cloud, FL
Posts: 261
Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 1:20 pm   


Thanks, all of you! I did try Gorilla Glue, but had a lot of trouble with my gems slipping (I am using the Giant ones). I think the silicone might be better at holding them in place. I would try 2 part expoxy but that would be SUCH a pain!

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EileenT

California
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Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 9:19 pm   


Did you sand the ball first? That might help the stones stay on. I really like the silicone for outdoor use.

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hummingbird3172

Zone 9b Saint Cloud, FL
Posts: 261
Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:20 pm   


I've been using the silicon and it is working well for me. I do a small area at a time and then rest the ball on that side to hold them down while drying. Now to find more of the gems...of course I used a weird size...really large and iridescent clear, but it will look so nice when finished...I hope. I've got another ball to keep me busy while I track down more clear gems.

Here's a picture of the balls before grouting:



I still have to get one more package of gems for the "crystal" colored one...then I'll grout them both at once.

Thanks for all the help and advice!

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