Hanging Japanese glass fishing floats make a colorful statement in your home or garden. Displays traditionally use twine nets to hold the hand-blown glass globes, which can be deceptively heavy. If you have a bare float, you'll have to create a means to hang it. You can make a non-traditional twine float hangar with just a few supplies.
Things You'll Need
- Nylon or jute twine
- Mod-Podge or white glue
- Shallow bowl
- Rubber bands
- Disposable drop cloth
- Old towels
- Plastic trash bag
- Scotch tape
- Rubber gloves
Cover a stable work surface with a plastic drop cloth or other suitable protection. Circle the towels to create a nest for the float so it cannot roll around. Place the float in the plastic bag and snug it tight. Tie off the end off the end with a rubber band. Tape down the corners of the bag.
Place a rubber band around the float, one-third to one-half of the way from the bottom. This will mark the top border of your hangar. Make a chain of rubber bands to fit around large floats. Tape the band in place.
Pour Mod-Podge into the bowl. Keep the free end of the twine out of the bowl and layer in several yards. Take care not to tangle the string and push it gently into the glue until thoroughly soaked. Pour more on top if necessary. Do not cut the twine. Keep one continuous line.
Put on rubber gloves. Pull the free end of the twine through your gloved fingers to remove excess glue. Begin at the bottom and drizzle the string onto the float, keeping the loops and lines close together. Continue up to, but not touching the rubber band.
Make two or three layers crossing and re-crossing the layer below until the ball has a twine web. Rest the float in the towel nest with the webbed side up. Cut six lengths of twine, one-and-a-half times the height of the float. Twist three strings together and tape the ends.
Soak the twisted cord in glue. Remove the cord from the glue, stripping off the excess with your fingers. Center the cord on the bottom of the float and down the sides of the basket. Allow the cord to form a 2-inch loop extended beyond the rubber band marker. Turn and run the cord back to the float bottom. This will form a hanger loop. Do the same with the opposite side. Pat the cord down for full contact to the layer below.
Attach the last three pieces of twine the same way, placing them across the first cord so you have a cross on the float bottom and four loops evenly spaced around the ball. Allow your project to stand for 24 to 48 hours until completely dry.
Remove the float from the plastic bag and carefully pull the bag away from the twine net. Attach additional twine to the loops to hang the net. Place the float in the hanging net and enjoy the glow of light shining through your newly dressed float.
Tips & Warnings
- Use stronger twine and more layers for large floats. A float with a 17-inch diameter can weigh as much as 26 pounds.
- For large, heavy floats, test your creation by hanging it a few inches above a soft landing pad for day or two.
- Use colored string for different layers to add interest.
- "Beachcombing for Japanese Glass Floats"; Amos L. Wood; 1985
- Photo Credit Japanese fishing float image by captainflag from Fotolia.com
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