Like every conscientious mother who wishes the best for their child’s school, I was dragged kicking and screaming into the PTA.
I genuinely was. This is how my view of the conversation went.
Bestie – The entire PTA are standing down at the end of the year, they need a new team.
Nellie – Let me just stop you there. Fuck off!
Bestie – We could do it together.
Nellie – Jog on, we could do it together. I’m just not that sort of mum…I don’t like people!
Bestie – I’ve set up a meeting for tomorrow.
Nellie – Well, good luck with that, I’m not going.
Bestie – Shall I pick you up?
Nellie – No, NO, NOOOO! I’m not doing it!!!
A year and a half later and I’m still foofing doing it.
Now, the school are building a memorial garden, and I grudgingly agreed to help out. By grudging, I mean I rugby tackled one woman out of the running, yanked another back by her hair and slid across that conference table like a chuffing ninja to shove my Pinterest board in the chairman’s face….She liked my ideas.
In a couple of weeks we’re gonna meet to discuss implementing them.
So, I got started with some examples.
I first got polystyrene balls from The Range for a £1 each, to use as my base.
A couple of £1 nets of clear flat marbles that I painted with nail varnish, and baked till they were slightly burned. (They get this autumnal jewelled look that I have a passion for at the mo.)
Next, I tried gluing them, as one blog suggested with e6000. Well, this just melted the polystyrene. I advise you not to do that.
I did try Dove craft glue, which is brilliant for papercraft and has great hold on many things. Not polystyrene though, and I didn’t have time to stand for five minutes apiece till it grabbed. (I didn’t use the glue gun because I know from experience that it can easily be cracked off.)
Moving on, Silicone. This holds to glass like shit to a shovel, but needs a full 24 hours to dry. Nevertheless, this was my decided fixative.
Omfg, what a palaver! Because, it being a spherical shape, I could only do small areas at a time. But I persevered over five days, and even then the silicone didn’t feel particularly fond of bonding to the polystyrene. It could be a combination of, I didn’t leave it long enough to cure, I was trying to stick silicone that had half set before I used it (my hubby had left the cap off,) or it just don’t stick well to polystyrene. But once, I dropped the ball on the table, and all the marbles fell off.
To the grouting!
I used ready mixed stuff from Wilko, for £2.75 a tub.
Again, I was limited to small patches. (Spherical)
I used my fingers to distribute the grout between the spaces, and a damp sponge to smooth it.
(You will get a fine residue over the glass, but don’t you fret none, that can be cleaned off when the grout is dry)
Even though I did all of the above, I still found marbles dropped off – So yes, by this time, I just stuck them back on with the glue gun because of time constraints.
It might also be responsible to note, I did this without gloves, and my hands were left red and itchy. Now you know. I’ve made all the mistakes so you don’t have to. What I’m really saying is, if you hurt, damage, or maim yourself in anyway, it’s not my responsibility. Follow the instructions on all materials used, and be your own health and safety guide.
Once dry, (about 8 hours) you can clean the residue of the glass with windolene and a soft cloth. I also scraped off any hard bits with my nails.
The finished article.
And this pink one is a bit of an experiment. The glass is backed with pretty paper and card, then stuck on with a glue gun…which can be done in one sitting, and then grouted.
I completed it within a day. (I don’t know how water proof it’s gonna be though.)
So, err, yeaaah…GLUE GUN!