Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More yard art

I have become a little obsessed with yard art. We now have this big, wild yard and I love the idea of wandering through the weeds and discovering stuff. You've seen my lights. One of these days I should probably take photos and give you the grand tour of my outdoor tchotchkes.

About 5 years ago we were selling our own garden art at a garden show and the vendor next to us was selling concrete spheres, decorated in a variety of ways.I really loved these big orbs for some reason and have wanted to make one since then. Several months ago I picked up a round, glass globe from a light fixture at the Goodwill Store and last week when Ray was mixing concrete for another project, I asked him to fill the glass globe with concrete.

Yesterday it seemed well hardened and time to break the glass off. I didn't know how that would go. Sofia was looking forward to seeing it. She told her mother that today she was going to be breaking glass at Grandma's, which alarmed my daughter!  I assured her that Sofia would be observing, not participating.

I put the ball into a plastic bag and then set it into a plastic container. You can see the tip of Sofia's shoe as she waited for the first blow.

I wondered if the glass would stick to the concrete. We hadn't used anything inside the glass to keep it from sticking, but it wasn't necessary. The glass was easily knocked off the concrete ball.

Here it is with all the glass removed. I like it as it is, even with the imperfections, but I have an idea for adding to it. I'll post a photo when I'm done with it.


  1. I have a concrete orb that I moved all the way from St Louis. It's in the garden and has taken on the color of dirt LOL
    I too love it.

  2. What a great idea. I too wanted orbs in my garden, but never thought of this! I went hunting for bowling balls.

  3. What fun. With your grand estate, you can play away to your heart's content.

  4. I love it! I can't imagine what else you'd do with it, so I look forward to seeing it all finished.

  5. I love yard art. I live in a townhome but still have lots of things "hiding" about the yard. Love the concrete orb!

  6. Clever! I can't wait to tell my daughter about this idea. She loves making cement items and embedding them with junk jewelry for sparkle.

    I was thinking you could do this with a big beach ball?

  7. Anonymous12:38 PM

    I've been industriously covering round things with old broken tile and glass just so I can wander through the garden and find things too!