Use gloves when applying the
thin set, which is extremely drying to the skin.
Anytime your work is
outdoors you want to use exterior grade products.
After your ball is dry, draw
on your design or just begin creating an abstract design. Use the same thin set
to glue on your tile pieces. You'll have to work in sections,
because the ball is round. Each area needs to dry so that the
pieces won't fall off and so that you can turn the ball over and work on
the opposite side. (The Art of Patience)
After the entire ball is
covered, let dry 24 hours. Then grout.
Mix your grout with water
until it is the texture of pancake mix. It shouldn't be drippy and
shouldn't be too stiff either. Push the grout into the crevasses
firmly. Cover the entire ball with the mixture. Let stand for
about 10 to 15 minutes.
Get some containers, fill
with water, and grab some sponges.
Dip your sponge in
water and squeeze out excess water. Begin wiping off the grout you
put on. This will take a couple of times. Wipe off, let
dry 15-20 minutes. Wipe off, let dry. When all the grout is removed,
finish up by cleaning with a rag any remaining grout residue with
There are unlimited ways
that you can display your orb. I use gazing ball stands, make my own
creations, use primitive items, such as metal and terra cotta piping, almost
anything that you feel is attractive. You want to enhance your
work, not take away from it. Good luck!