I found this picture of Antique Fishing Weighs on the web. The picture originally comes from Restoration Hardware where the description about them being "objets d'art", old time cast iron sinkers. Well, I love the shape and the numbers and thought they would go nicely with my beach/nautical theme. The set sells for $99 and being cast iron are heavy. So, I wanted a cheaper version, especially since there is no Restoration Hardware up here in NH and shipping costs would be astronomical.
So, I found this website that gives instructions for projects called Knock Off Decor and lo and behold, the fishing weights were already there! Someone beat me to it! Knock Off Decor links you to various contributors who create knock off versions of things. And very good knock offs!
After reading over their instructions, I came up with a slight modification that like a little better. But, I must say that instructions from Tracy's Trinkets are quite good!
Here is my version with alteration....
So, I started out with a styrofoam ball. I think it is 3" in diameter, a large metal washer from the hardware store and a sanding block.
I scratched a channel into the ball so that the washer would fit in snugly an added a drop of glue to secure it.
I glued a cardboard number onto the ball -- the cardboard gave depth and let it dry.
I took a very little amount of Plaster of Paris and placed it in a disposable cup. Plaster of Paris is a powder used by sculptors to create shapes and textures and builders to fill holes in walls and boards.I mixed less than a quarter cup of the Plaster of Paris...
Then, I sanded it again. I wanted rough edges, I wanted it to look banged up and
Then, I took some of the brown paint and watered it down with about 2 T water to 1 tsp paint.
I painted it all over the ball and then with an old rag dried it off, leaving some paint to show texture and shadow. I love it.
It doesn't weigh very much, but enough that it is not going to blow away and it looks old.
(Although, I am sure my track and field loving sisters will tell me it looks like a copper shotput!)