Bowling Balls

aquawise(zone 4 Utah)December 2, 2011

I scored at the thrift store today!! Got 3 Bowling balls for $5 each. NOW! I need to know what to prime them with. Any help out there?? They will be Buds and Gazing balls. I have 5 of them now.

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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Great score! I'm not sure what to tell you since I haven't made one yet. (I have 3 candlepin balls in the garage tho)

I thought people just geii'd the stuff to them. You could go to the bottom of the threads page (just above the new thread form) and search for past posta about it. I know soomeone used to put heavy duty aluminium foil on first. If you were thinking of using mortor and grout there can be a problem as some bb's expand and contract with the temperature. Not sure how to tell which ones.
Good luck and post pics!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2011 at 7:38AM
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I have made the gazing balls with glass gems, but I cannot remember what I used (it was a few years ago) and I cannot locate the directions. I will keep looking.

In the meantime I found directions for painting ladybugs and bees. Here is the link:

This link shows a number of things to make for the garden.
Hope it helps you.


    Bookmark   December 4, 2011 at 9:23AM
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aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

Thanks! Marylee

    Bookmark   December 4, 2011 at 10:22AM
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Simply clean the ball and use clear GE II for windows and doors.
It works!!!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 3:09PM
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I meant to say see the FAQ for this site for directions.
I don't think anyone uses the FAQ much. It's at the top of the page.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 3:11PM
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I remember reading somewhere that you could use the GE II but I never did. I think I used tile adhesive but I can't find it nor can I find the magazine with the directions. I am so disorganized. If I ever find a bowling ball (they are as scarce as hen's teeth around here) I will try the GE II method. That sounds a lot easier than what I did.


    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 5:25AM
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I used ge silicone II and mine are still in good condition 8 years later and they stay outside here in S.Calif all year long.Just make sure your ball is clean and dry before you start.I also didn't grout mine,just let the ball show thru.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 5:29PM
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