Hand Made Accents – Gazing Balls

Beginning in March, I make all of the accents by hand. What they are and how they look may differ through the season as my creative urges flow and evolve. Some things that I make become limited editions because of how long, and how much effort it takes to make them.

I am always trying to solve problems. The gazing balls have changed over the years as I found solutions to wire that rusted, or clay bases that I thought were too heavy looking. I loved the painted golf tees I made, but I found that the heavy duty glue I used to attach the balls didn’t always hold them when they got wet.

I eventually discovered bare copper wire, which will change color over time, but don’t rust. I use a single wire for the smaller gazing balls that go into my little Environments, but for the larger bowls I braid three strands of wire to form the base. Of course it’s time consuming, but I love the airiness of the look.

SOME OF THE DIFFERENT GAZING BALLS THIS SEASON:

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Rose Gazing Ball from 2009 to Early 2013

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Gazing Ball from 2009 to Early 2013

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Gazing Ball from 2009 to Early 2013

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Rose Gazing Ball from 2009 to Early 2013

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Rose Gazing Balls from 2009 to Early 2013

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Gazing Ball from 20012to Early 2013 for smaller bowls

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Why I had to change wires

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Why I changed wires.

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Why I changed the kind of wire I use.

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