My cohort in craft, Cynthia Koehler Prediger, wanted a mosaic bowling ball. She had snagged her father’s, since he no longer bowled, and brought it to me. I gave this bowling ball a bath, and a light sanding makes for a good tooth to grip the primer.
After the bath, I filled the holes with aluminum foil and spackled over them with wood putty. After curing, and sanding, I painted the ball with Kilz water based primer.
The first few pieces are the most nerve wracking, since a curved 3-D blank “canvas” suddenly seems monstrously huge. I used Mac glue for this one, which has no vertical hold and resulted in slithering of pieces if I got too ambitious in how many I glued at once.
I mosaic as I go. Cynthia wanted my swirls and paisley design, and at times I draw a spiral or a paisley shape to get reoriented, but it’s mostly a matter of improvising, a conversation between textures and colors.
After I have made the trip around the globe, it’s time for grouting. With a large heavy object, grouting becomes more of a mud bath.
Next comes the process of removing much of the grout that I just applied, excavating the low areas and cleaning the surfaces until the color emerges once again. Several coats of grout sealant and the gazing ball is revealed.