Displaying a glass Spirit Ball, also known as a Witch’s Ball, is a tradition that dates back to 18th century England. People would hang blown glass balls in windows to ward off bad energy and evil spirits. The threads or glass stringers inside each ball trapped the spirits and would keep the evil from entering the home. Our hand blown glass Spirit Balls are all one of a kind, made at the Robbins Ranch in Stanley, NM. We create these balls in 4.25″ and 6″ diameter. You can select from one of our solid transparent colors or one of the many colorful Robbins Ranch color mixes.
A unique feature of our Spirit Ball is that it can also be used as a scent atomizer. We create these orbs with a small second inner bubble underneath the loop, that can hold essential oils. With an eye dropper, if you place a few drops of oil into this pocket and hang in a sunny window, as the oil warms up it will emit a light fragrance.
For more information about the history of the “Spirit” or “Witch’s Ball”, you can find it here on Wikipedia.
When someone asked….”Can you twist the color chips and get them to move a little?” We said, absolutely! Next thing we knew, the we were making Wave Balls! This little effect really adds some interest to our color mixes and adds texture. With a tweezer we pinch the surface of the ball, and turn the color into itself. The twists create a unique little spiral and gave each piece an interesting wave pattern that resembled the “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. Our Wave Balls are great to hang up in the yard, up in a window, or gather a few together in a bowl. They also can be used as pond floats as these balls are blown very thick to withstand the wind, water and elements.
Also, ask us about our Spinner Balls. We add a 3″ copper panel to each ball with a copper jump ring, and add a matching glass bead strand to hang it up. First you choose the color ball you want, either wave ball or spirit ball, then we select a coordinating beads that have a ball bearing swivel at the bottom. After we attach the beads onto the copper, you have a wonderful kinetic spinning sculpture.