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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Mud balls

I covered Styrofoam, plastic, oasis and fibreglass balls with mud.

Making mud balls

Paint the ball with a layer of wood glue. Sprinkle potting soil onto the ball. Paint the ball again with the glue to create a sticky mud. Let the ball dry. Paint again with glue and sprinkle potting soil anywhere you missed the first time around. Layer until the entire surface is covered.

Wire for mud balls

Next I glued twirls of wired rope onto the textured balls

Mud balls

For variation you can also create patterns with different coloured mud alternating between soil and sand.

To remove the mud from the balls:
Soak the ball in warm water overnight and wipe the mud from the ball.

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