Glueing glass onto a bowling ball.....

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  1. hummingbird3172

    hummingbird3172 In Flower

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    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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  2. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    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 In Flower

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    Thanks Toni! That sounds good!
     
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    GE silicone II works really well as does Crafters Goop
     
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    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 Daylily Diva

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    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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    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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    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 In Flower

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    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:

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    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!