Terrific Textures Decorative Balls
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Dylite Balls: three 4", four 3"
- Lion Brand Fun Fur Yarn: black, orange
- Feathers, 2 pkgs. each Pheasant and Guinea
- Pebble Beads, 1 tube
- Straight pins
- 3 pkgs. Almond pheasant pad, natural
- 3-ply Jute Cord, 28lb.
- Tacky glue
- 12"x12" Paper, simulated leather
- 5 yds. Bella Corda, Brown
- Variegated Yarn
- Copper Wire, 26-gauge
- Mod Podge
- Wire cutter and round-nose pliers
- Paintbrush, 1/2"
- Waxed paper
JUTE BALL & YARN BALL:
- Tie a knot at the end of the jute or yarn and secure in place at the top of the ball with glue and a straight pin.
- Starting at the knot, apply glue in small sections then wind jute or yarn neatly around ball, adding more glue as necessary, working to cover the ball.
- The jute-wrapped ball pictured features jute, Bella Corda & yarn wrapped around the middle, with jute only for the two end sections.
GUINEA FEATHER BALL:
- Beginning at the bottom of the ball, glue feathers to completely cover ball.
- Remove fluffy down and stiff spine from feathers as needed.
PHEASANT FEATHER BALL:
- With loose feathers, cover bottom third of ball, as instructed above.
- Cut curved forms into thirds and glue around the top portion of the ball, securing edges with straight pins until dry. Cover seams with loose pheasant feathers.
DECOUPAGED LEATHER-LOOK BALL:
- Tear simulated leather paper into 1/3" wide strips, with the tan paper core showing on both edges; discard the narrow strip between these strips.
- Tear strips into squares, again allowing the tan paper core to show.
- With paintbrush, apply Mod Podge to front and back of several squares on a waxed paper surface. Brush Mod Podge on the ball and cover the entire ball, overlapping the squares.
- Cover entire ball in black Fun Fur yarn.
- Using round-nose pliers, tightly curl the end of 3 yards of narrow copper wire; secure to the ball with a straight pin.
- String half the tube of pebble beads on the wire and crimp the end to keep them on. Slide the beads on the wire distributing them every couple of inches while wrapping around the ball.
- Maneuver the wire so it ends where it began. Slide the end of the wire through the original coil and coil the end so the two ends anchor each other. Remove the pin.
- Repeat the wrapping with plain copper wire.