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Golden Brain Nest

This project was inspired by a metal bird’s nest made by a local sculptor who specialises in steel. I decided to make something similar and experimented with string, wood, wire and lace. The lace version was the most glorious. From steel to lace – it is possible!

Recycled materials:
inflatable plastic ball (e.g. a beach ball)
thick lace with a prominent pattern, enough to cover half the ball
gold fabric spray paint

You will also need:
pump to inflate ball
bowl (for ball to rest on)
petroleum jelly
old bowl (to pour the Powertex into)
Powertex (see Suppliers’ list on page XX)
sharp scissors
dust mask
protective gloves
old newspaper

  1. Inflate the ball with a pump if necessary.
  2. Place the ball in a bowl to give it a solid stand and cover it with petroleum jelly.
  3. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around the pattern of the lace along the outer edge of your circle to accentuate the embellished border.
  4. Place the lace in a bowl and saturate it with Powertex, using your fingers to submerge it if necessary.
  5. Drape the lace evenly over the ball surface and cut it to form a perfect pattern around the ball.
  6. Gently stretch and smooth the fabric and remove any air bubbles and excess glue with your hands.
  7. Leave to dry for about 48 hours. Ensure that the lace is completely dry before you remove it by popping the ball with a pin and gently removing any plastic ball from the nest.
    Caution: When working with Powertex, ensure that there is running water nearby and that your work surface is protected. Wear a dust mask and protective gloves in a well-ventilated area while spray painting, and leave the sprayed item on old newspaper until dry.

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