Gazing balls seem to be the latest rage in garden decor. It seems nearly every garden around has at least one, whether very small or a large focal point of the garden. However, gazing balls have been around for centuries. These ornamental glass balls were first produced in Italy in the 1200’s, and are believed to bring prosperity to their owners, or keep evil forces away.
Gazing balls are available in many sizes. Most are about a foot (12 inches) in diameter, but they can be found in sizes Best roti maker up to nearly 2 feet (24) inches in diameter as well. Smaller gazing balls, such as the 2 inch size, may be a way to bring the outdoors in, as a desktop ornament.
Traditional gazing balls are made of glass, and this still remains the most popular material for gazing balls. The glass may be colored, mirrored, or clear like a crystal ball. However, now there are many other materials used to make gazing balls. These materials include stainless steel and hand painted gazing balls, and even mosaic gazing balls.
In order to place a gazing ball in your garden, you will need a gazing ball pedestal or stand. These can be simple metal stands, ornate concrete pedestals, and every form in between. The more intricate the stand, the more expensive it will be.
Gazing balls are also available as part of larger sculptures. For example, a fairy gazing ball might be a gazing ball placed in the hands of a fairy sculpture. Or bird wings might be attached to a gazing ball, to make a bird gazing ball sculpture. Smaller gazing ball birds can be placed together for a flock of bird buddies. These types of gazing balls are often freestanding or hanging, and require no pedestal or stand.
Your garden’s decor will play a very important role in deciding which gazing ball is right for you. A plain gazing ball with metal stand would go nicely in a simple garden, while a garden full of whimsical things like garden gnomes might call for a colored gazing ball or a gazing ball sculpture. More formal gardens would be perfect homes for hand painted gazing balls, and Greek or Roman themed garden would look stunning with the addition of a mosaic gazing ball and ornate column pedestal. Whatever theme you have in your garden, there is a gazing ball that will fit perfectly.