Decor penny orb

Published on August 22nd, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better

How To Make A Penny Orb

Garden accents such as glass or reflective spheres, orbs, and balls have been really popular for years.

And it’s not wonder, because they can really be an eye catcher in any backyard landscape.

Most often these decorations are made out of something like stained glass or ceramic with a reflective coating on them.  Some might be blown glass and we find those very appealing, but then, we’ve always had a thing for blown glass of any kind.

But did you know one of the most common (and inexpensive) forms of currency make an interesting garden orb too?

It’s true.  The much maligned penny how has a purpose other than helping to pay sales taxes!

Like any garden sphere you can start with a ball of just about any size.  We like something in the 10″ diameter range but smaller or bigger is fine.

With some simple epoxy you can start gluing pennies in place and normally you’ll spend less than 10 bucks to get the job done.

What you end up with is a very interesting copper ball.  You can leave it as is and let Mother Nature age the copper or to speed up the process just spray it with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and salt.  It’s will turn blue-green in no time.

And here’s one final tip.  Wondering what to use as the base to glue the pennies to?  Try an old used bowling ball.  They have plenty of weight, their durable, and their cheap!

For more information on garden orb and ball design ideas visit Flea Market Gardening.

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