I am a self professed nerd…I have been honest about that from the get-go. So when I tell you that 1.) I watched/played Pokémon growing up and 2.) I decided to make a Pokeball wall art piece you should not be surprised…and overall this project took me just under 4 hours (which is pretty quick…)
I’ve seen these new Gigantamax Pokeballs all the kids are talking about. And as I was walking through my local Lowes, I spotted it…a $10, 15″ table round. And fresh off my Captain America shield I thought “Why not make a Pokeball?”.
First, I had to figure out the appropriate dimensions. I could not find anything reliable online, so I bought a Pokeball tin and put my 4 year engineering degree to work and created a SPREADSHEET. I have included it here, and you can use it to calculate the dimensions for ANY SIZE POKEBALL YOU WANT!
After I calculated the dimensions for my 15″ Pokeball, I decided to use my trusty partner Pikachu (aka my Dremel, link to it here) to engrave some definition into my Pokeball. I worked in small sections, and carved out the areas. I had to use wood filler to patch some of my mishaps, and after I sanded the wood filler down I moved on to staining.
I used my trusty Charizard (aka Minwax pre-stain, stain, and polycrylic) to stain and seal my piece. I used the Minwax Pure White, Minwax Crimson, and Minwax Black stain colors in the water based stain that has the highest of the high solid concentrations. I did two coats of the Crimson and Black Stains, and I sealed the piece with two coats of polycrylic.
Now I am off to leave my family and catch some Pokémon…what could possibly go wrong?