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How to Make A Penny Bowling Ball

How to Make A Penny Bowling Ball



This weekend I turned an old bowling ball that I found at a garage sale into a gazing ball-like piece of yard art.

A penny bowling ball!

I bought this bowling ball, bag and pair of old used bowling shoes (yuck) at a church garage sale all for just $1.00. I knew I only wanted the bowling ball itself, so the other items were just along for the ride.

How To Make A Penny Bowling Ball

The first thing I did was fill in the finger holes with paper towels until there was about 1/4″ of the holes left and then filled the rest of the holes in with some caulking I had laying around the house.

And then threw the bag and shoes into my Goodwill pile.

I wanted to cover the ball in pennies so I used roughly $4.50 worth.

Iwanted them to be all bright and shiny so I decided to clean them with my beloved Coke Zero to see if Coke’s cleaning abilities are an urban legend or not.

So I emptied a roll of pennies into a bowl and added the Coke Zero and let them sit for five minutes.

The Coke Zero cleaned them a little bit, but they were definitely not as bright as I was expecting them to be. It’s not often that my Coke lets me down.

So then I searched the Internet for other penny cleaning tips and ran across some science experiments for kids that uses 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of table salt to clean them.

The vinegar is 5% acetic acid and dissolves the copper oxide on the pennies. The salt acts as a catalyst to speed up the process. But enough of the fascinating science lesson of the day.

Anyhow, I just put the pennies in there for about a minute, rinsed the solution off them and they came out amazingly shiny.

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Next I used Dap Clear Silicone Sealant for Doors And Windows to glue the pennies onto the bowling ball.

I glued them all heads up, but that was my OCD kicking in – you could mix it up if you wanted. Or maybe do all heads except for one tail???

And here is the finished project.

I tried sitting my penny bowling ball on my birdbath base as a regular gazing ball.

Then I remembered that I had bought this silver chafing dish pedestal at a garage sale. It’s almost like it is made to be a penny bowling ball holder.

Of course you could place it directly on the ground or leave one of the finger holes exposed and place a wood dowel to stake it in the ground.

Another fun bowling ball project is my Mosaic Bowling Ball made with dollar store gems.

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How to make a penny bowling ball, fun and unique yard art for your garden. And some people say the copper pennies repel slugs!



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