This is the first mosaic design project I completed as a birthday gift for my father-in-law.  Iridized blue glass is the background with white for the daisies.  Yellow-mirrored glass is the flower center.

The local stained glass shop offered a class in mosaic design for beginners and bowling balls were one of the projects that could be chosen.  Mosaic can be done on about any surface, many of the class members used old duck decoys and birdhouses.   

Bowling balls can be obtained for free for local bowling alleys or for a nominal fee at garage sales. 

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Dragonflies were the inspiration for this mosaic bowling ball.  There are 3 dragonflies on the ball.  The dragonfly bodies are made from flat-bottomed stones and the body is mirrored glass.  The background is a dark blue glass.

While sitting outside in the sun, this ball makes beautiful patterns on the surrounding surfaces.  

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Three butterflies on in flight on this mosaic design.  All the butterfly bodies are from an orange marbled glass with white rectangular pieces outlining the bodies.  Flat-bottomed stones make up the bodies and spots.  An old clothes hangar was formed to create the antennae.

This ball brings a little bit of the outside inside and looks wonderful in our dining room next to the patio doors. 

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Inspiration for this lady bug mosaic design came from the lady bugs who live in our kitchen window during the winter months.  The lady bug is created from red and black glass with black flat-bottomed stones making the spots.  The surrounding flowers are yellow flat-bottomed stones with a blue iridized glass.  The grout for this ball was colored with black colorant.

The blue iridized flowers catch the light and really set-off the beauty of the lady bug when this mosaic sits outside. 

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For all you Clemson football fans out there - here's a tiger paw just for you!  This was a very simple design to make and with only two colors, the glass application went very fast. 

The tiger paw is out of orange opaque glass and the background is a purple marbled glass.

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Black and white flat-bottomed stones make up this ball.  When planning the pattern with stones, remember that the ball gets smaller as you go up and down.  It makes keeping the pattern somewhat of a challenge. 

Grout was placed between the stones.  Clean-up of the stones is quite a project, so be sure to allot plenty of time.  The stones were applied with model airplane glue to quick set-up time to make the application quick.

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  My husband is a veteran of the USS Perkins and the bulldog is their mascot.  This ball was made as a raffle gift for their annual reunion.  The dog was made from various colors of glass.  The pattern was enlarged on a copier and taped and drawn on the ball.  Black pieces of glass were used to create the shadowing and dimension for the bulldog (see mouth, ear, hat, toes and tail).

Bead letters were used for the words.  The background has globe vertical lines in a dark blue and the rest of the background is a light blue iridize glass which will make gorgeous patterns in the sun. 

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  Various stones of red, white, blue and clear were used to make a flag pattern on this ball.  The ball was painted a light blue to enhance the color of the stones.  The flag pattern is made from red, white, blue and white star flat-bottomed stones.  The background is light blue stones to make a few clouds filled in with clear stones.  No grout is necessary.  The stones were applied with airplane glue.   

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The pair of hands were made for a friend who is a massage therapist. The hands are made from bronze mirrored glass and the background is clear mirrored glass. 

The fingers on the hands are all rectangular/square pieces of glass, while the hands are various shapes.  When cutting the glass, be sure to wear safety glasses and point the mosaic cutters away from your face.  Spread newspaper or papers on the working surface to catch any chips of glass. 

Mosaics can be made from a variety of materials - rocks, shells, glass, china, buttons, glass stones, just about anything you can think of!

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The solid black iridized ball picks up many colors and makes great patterns on the surrounding surfaces.

To make this ball, cut a variety of sizes and shapes of the iridized glass.  It takes about 1-1/2 12x12 sheets of glass to make a bowling ball.  The glass can be scored into long strips and then cut into various shapes and sizes or just start cutting with the mosaic cutters. 

The iridized glass makes a unique ball because the glass has so many colors in it that pick up the sunlight and make great patterns on the surrounding walls and patio.  Blue, green, pink and yellow are all part of the black iridized glass.

The grout for this ball was colored with grout colorant to make the grout darker.  A white grout would give the ball an entirely different look.

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This ball was created for friends of ours who are Mormons and is of the Angel Moroni.  Moroni is out of clear mirrored glass and the background is black iridize.  You can see the multitude of colors it creates in the picture on the left. 

Moroni, a Mormon prophet, is the heavenly messenger who visited the prophet Joseph Smith in 1923.  Moroni is always depicted holding a trumpet and graces the top of many Mormon temples.

A simple pattern of Moroni's bust was chosen for the bowling ball mosaic.  The picture was printed onto a heavy piece of paper, cut out, and taped to the bowling ball, then drawn around with a silver Sharpie marker.

When working with a pattern on a bowling ball, complete the glass of the patterned area first, then work the background. 

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