Lucky Penny Gazing Ball
To create your Lucky Penny Gazing Ball garden art, you will need the following:
An old Bowling Ball
“Goop” Outdoor Adhesive
Weld Bond Glue
Grout or Paint Color Additive
Sand and wire-brush the bowling ball to roughen the surface and remove all gloss. Wear a facemask to avoid breathing in the dust. Wipe the bowling ball with a clean dry rag. Cut a circle in the cardboard box to support the bowling ball while gluing on the pennies. Starting on the opposite side from the finger holes, apply a thin layer of glue and press pennies onto the bowling ball face up. The amount of glue is important; the pennies must adhere to the surface without glue coming up around the edges. If this happens, use a toothpick to remove excess glue. Work a small area at a time as pennies may slide down the curved edge of the bowling ball until glue begins to set (approximately 10 minutes). Leave a small space between pennies to allow grout to fill in around them.
Let glue cure a minimum of two days prior to grouting. To prepare grout, mix Weld Bond Glue with sand until it reaches the consistency of thick paste. Add enough colorant to achieve desired color (“rust” was used in the pictured project). A few tablespoons of soil may be added to darken the grout. Wear rubber gloves and use an old spatula to apply grout to penny ball. After grouting, first wipe with a damp sponge, then a soft cloth until grout residue is removed from pennies. Allow to dry one week before putting in your garden.
To keep your Lucky Penny Ball from sitting directly on the soil, pound a small stake in the ground until 4” remains above ground and insert one of the finger holes over the stake.
Your Lucky Penny Ball can be left unsealed if you want the pennies to change color with age. Older pennies will turn green, newer pennies will darken as they contain less copper. If you decide to seal your Lucky Penny Ball, several coats of marine varnish such as Man O’ War will keep your Lucky Penny Ball looking new for many years.