I have seen pictures of this all over the internet and the concept seemed simple enough. And, after all–I saw it on the internet! 😉
So, I blew up a pretty blue balloon.
I put mod podge on the balloon and started trying to put buttons on.
They slid off. Not a stellar start.
So, I put on a good layer of mod podge and allowed it to dry until it was still a bit tacky but almost dry.
Then, I put on more mod podge. Spilt some on myself. This project was a lot of work.
And, where are the pictures you might ask. Well, I was so wrapped up in trying to make this work that I forgot. And if I would have remembered, I would have had to wash the mod podge off my fingers to get anywhere near my camera. I seemed to be covered in this glue the whole time. I could have stuck the buttons to myself!
Finally, the buttons are sticking to the balloon.
But there was no way to get them all stuck closely together.
So, I put on another coat of mod podge. And this project will sit until morning–which for me comes in about 6 1/2 hours now….
I will update this post tomorrow.
DAY 2 OF “THE SAGA OF THE BOWL”
I put tons of mod podge over the buttons last night. I put more on this morning and went to work. Just now I decided to see what would happen. I couldn’t see ANY evidence that would make me think this would hold together. But, I took it to the counter and pulled out a fork. Yep, a fork. I thought maybe I could release the air more slowly this way. Lol.
So, I punctured the balloon and tried to snap a picture. My camera has an eerie glow to the viewfinder sometimes and between that and the odd hissing noise that came from the balloon, I was a little spooked for a bit. It whistled, and had a little high pitched scream. Odd. But kinda cool!
You can see the weird effect of the balloon shrinking in and getting “caught” in the plastic type inner shell made from the glue. I was a little worried I was going to have buttons flying around the kitchen, but it settled down.
Then I just plucked the blue balloon out and was kind of surprised at the “plastic” left behind. Next time I will do a few more coats of just glue and let it dry between coats. I just snipped out the glue that didn’t have buttons attached–tried to go in as straight of a line as possible.
Another hint: Mark your straight line around your balloon–wherever the rim of the “bowl” will be. I did a horrible job of eyeballing this and it is lopsided.
But, like with all craft projects, you can adjust mid-stream and go a different direction. After I cleaned it up–it still looked horrible. And some buttons were still wet with glue.
So, I took an old bowl and and flipped it upside down and spray it with cooking spray. Then I put on the bowl I made and am going to let it dry some more and see if it holds its shape better. Below you can see how easily it would just sink flat. I flipped it upside down to give a better view, but it just started sinking down.Here it is on the bowl.