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!
- inflatable plastic ball (e.g. a beach ball)
- thick lace with a prominent pattern, enough to cover a quarter of the ball
- gold fabric spray paint
- pump to inflate ball
- bowl (for ball to rest on)
- petroleum jelly
- old bowl (to pour the Powertex into)
- sharp scissors
- dust mask
- protective gloves
- old newspaper
- Inflate the ball with a pump if necessary.
- Place the ball in a bowl to give it a solid stand and cover it with petroleum jelly.
- Stretch the lace over a quarter of the ball and use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around the pattern of the lace along the circumference of the ball to accentuate the embellished border.
- Place the lace in a bowl and saturate it with Powertex, using your fingers to submerge it if necessary.
- Drape the lace evenly over the ball surface and cut away any unwanted lace.
- Gently stretch and smooth the lace and remove any air bubbles and excess glue with your hands.
- 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.