I first saw this on Pinterest, but there was no link attached. I recently found a new link http://www.pinterest.com/pin/251990541624658114/ and gave it a try.
The difference with the tutorial on Pinterest was that I used jute twine cord (Home Depot), and a beach ball (that was bound for the garbage bin). The other difference is that I did not wait 48 hrs for it to dry.
For the first round of twine circling the beach ball, I smothered the twine with glue. Personally, I just dropped glue on the tips of my fingers in my left hand and run the twine through it, while with my other hand, I lay the twine on the beach ball.
2- Because I don’t have much patience, I started wrapping the beach ball with the twine without adding any glue, and always avoiding the circle that must remain free of twine.
3- once I felt that the ball of twine looked good (not too thick so that the light from the light bulb is not darkened too much), I cut the twine from the rest and started dropping glue all over it, quarter by quarter, massaging the glue into the twine, specifically where many strings met.
4- I left the beach ball alone throughout the night and in the morning, tested the solidity of the stiffed twine by sliding a finger, then my hand between the ball and the twine.
5-By deflating the beach ball, I was able to reach all around it to separate the twine from the beach ball. Deflate it a bit further and it was enough to pull it through the hole.
6-i noticed that some strings were a bit loose on the inside. That did not bother me as long as the outside was solid. If that bothers you, add more glue. It dries clear.
7-some areas had obvious dried blobs of glue. That was easy to remove. The rest had dried to a transparent sheen.
8-I had to cut my new lampshade to make the opening wider so that I can slide the thingamabob that held the light bulbs in my restroom. I cut on the side where the glue had stiffened the twine the most, so that I was sure that my lampshade would not unravel.
9-Because I am lazy, i just turned the lampshade so that the opened side does not show (although, thanks to the stiffened twine, the cut is barely visible anyway). But when I get to it, I’ll just reapply from glue, or thread a string of twine to tie it close.
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