Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Sympathies lie with World Globes

Many of you are aware that I am rather fond of World Globes.   I've been using them to make Lamp Shades as well as Bowls.   I enjoy finding World Globes at garage sales and thrift stores - it gives me such a thrill to find one (especially when I get it for a great price!).

A few of the globes I have awaiting some TLC
As I go through my collection of globes looking for inspiration for the next lamp shade, I find myself wondering about the lives that these globes have led.  Some have big dents which implies they've fallen from a height (or were kicked or thrown).  Some have pinpricks which may mean that someone used the globe as a lamp as a map to mark a journey or a life event.  Some have small (or even large) holes - most of the time they look like a pencil was shoved into the globe... perhaps a bored child taking out it's frustration on the poor defenseless globe.
 
 And some (and to me this is the worst tragedy) are absolutely filthy with a layer of greasy dirt.   What does that imply?? Well if nothing else, it implies that the beautiful, glorious World Globe has been woefully neglected and ignored.  Perhaps living in or near a kitchen with a lot of grease in the air... or perhaps in a shop or garage.  Those globes are usually the cheapest in price - because who wants to even touch it? Ewww!!  But a little gentle cleaning and a lot of World-Globe-love gives these sad, silent objects a new look and instant appeal. 

Some more of my World Globes (please ignore the mess of my workshop)
As I look at my current collection of World Globes, I am amazed at the variety of colors and looks that the globes have.  I have had some duplicates, but for the most part each one is at least a little different from all the others.  Some are brown-based, some blue (most common), but I have a green-based one, aqua, cream, and even a metallic silvery, blue.  I've not had a black or grey yet, but maybe someday I will find an affordable one.  They are lovely in their artwork as well.  Some have raised mountains, some show the paths of famous explorers, and some have interesting little facts on them.  All of them are rather impressive in how they were engineered/created - and a couple were darn tough to cut into and open up!   

It's been fun to take apart some of these beautiful creations and see how they were made (although I have to admit I feel somewhat guilty and sad at cutting up such lovely things!).  Even better is opening up a severely dented globe and discovering that with a little push - the dent comes back out!  And that previously-dented globe that looked like it should be thrown out, is now usable and turns into a perfectly-lovely lampshade and/or bowl.
A few of the lampshades (and a bowl) which I've made from World Globes
I know that with the creation of the online maps (like Google Earth), the need and desire for World Globes will continue to dwindle - which means that my supply of World Globes will become more limited with time (and more expensive as well!).  But in the mean time, I continue to treasure each globe I find.  PLEASE! Continue to donate or sell your old globes!!  Send me your unwanted, damaged, and unloved globes!! I shall endeavor to clean them, fix them, and then create lovely, upcycled products with them!!