on a recent search for coffee table styling inspiration, i came across a very interesting trend. everyone seems to be enamored with the gold spikey ball thing (for lack of a better description). above, at shea mcgee design, was my first glimpse of this. more followed quickly:
i had all the supplies around the house:
air dry clay
gold spray paint
first, snip the skewers in half. i didn't keep track of how many i used so you'll have to eyeball it. but i will warn you, don't use too many or your clay ball will fall apart.
as you can see, i switched to garden shears as it was pretty difficult to cut the skewers with scissors.
start poking the skewer halves into the ball, adding sticks opposite each other to create a spherical shape.
keep going until you have a uniform sphrere. then, fill in with more skewers. you can vary the lengths if you would like. once you have a good shape, you don't need to worry about placing new pieces exactly opposite anymore. just fill the space.
that is all you have to do- your finished ball will look something like this:
the clay will need several days to dry. it has been my experience with this type of clay that, once it dries, it doesn't hold very tightly to things pressed into it. sure enough, some spikes fell out, so i glued them in with elmers. i also dripped a little glue into and around the other holes to avoid future losses.
once that was dry, i gave it a few coats of gold spraypaint. and that was it- all done and very easy!
here's how it looked on my coffee table: