My MIL each have acquired a bowling ball to paint and use as a gazing ball. Her bowling ball was free; mine was $1.00 at a garage sale. My husband suggested we clean them with mineral spirits before painting to get the wax off of them. I was going to paint with an outdoor paint and then do a gloss clear coat over that. The entire idea of this project is to keep it cheap. We have maybe $8 so far in each ball for spray paint. The problem I am running into is finding stands for gazing balls. We looked locally for concrete stands but found none. Resin stands at the ag store were like $40 and it appears most stands on the internet are in the $40-$60 range. We want ours to stand pretty tall, especially mine which will be in my flower garden. Any suggestions on purchasing or building a cheap stand?