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Glass ball cap for stairs

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gabbybaby Sat 24-Oct-15 13:16:23

Does anyone have a suggestion of where to find a glass ball to go on the stair posts? I've looked online but can't find them. This kind of thing:

wowfudge Sat 24-Oct-15 16:07:46

I can't link to it, but have a crystal newel post finial, which is what you are looking for. Not cheap though.

gabbybaby Sat 24-Oct-15 16:43:00

Thanks wowfudge. I found those ones earlier but couldn't find any others. I don't want to spend that much so was hoping to find something a bit cheaper.

gabbybaby Sat 24-Oct-15 16:46:40

what about something acrylic to give the same look? Any suggestions?

Bimblywibble Sat 24-Oct-15 19:43:20

Any reason why you couldn't use a traditional "crystal ball"? Eg
Superglue it into a suitable wooden stand.

wowfudge Sun 25-Oct-15 05:57:41

Acrylic will scratch and mark far more easily than glass, that's the only thing. As for gluing on a crystal ball - firstly you be able to see the glue and secondly the glass finials are attached to a bolt that screws into the newel post. Interesting idea though!

gabbybaby Sun 25-Oct-15 17:41:36

Thanks! I think I need to give up on the idea sad
Any other ideas for something interesting on the stair posts?

wowfudge Sun 25-Oct-15 17:43:43

Have a look on eBay for newel post finials - not a huge selection, but some of them look good for something a bit different.

FishWithABicycle Sun 25-Oct-15 17:46:05

We visited an amazing place on the eastern edge of dartmoor called the house of marbles where we watched beautiful glass knobs for bannisters being hand-blown. I expect they will do them by mail order too...

ConnieSpry Mon 26-Oct-15 00:59:48

I have something a little similar which is actually a 100mm curtain pole finial and I think it was from these people.
IIRC we phoned them to say what we wanted and they made them so that we could screw them in to the newel post.
This is a while ago but it might be worth giving them a call and see if they can help you.
Mine are acrylic and still look ok after a few years. Unfortunately I can't remember any more useful details but it might be worth giving them a call.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 26-Oct-15 16:35:35

Oh great. Now I want a crystal newel post finial.


Nothing else will do now.

gabbybaby Mon 26-Oct-15 16:42:58

Let me know if you find one fluffycloudland smile (for reasonable money!). I couldn't find the place fishwithabicycle was referring to

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 26-Oct-15 16:51:51

I suspect we will just have to pay it as our punishment for not having gloss white like everyone else.

It's so glamorous.

OurBlanche Mon 26-Oct-15 17:01:09

House of marbles

FishWithABicycle Mon 26-Oct-15 19:45:15

Thanks ourblanche - my phone was misbehaving last night and I couldn't copy and paste a link - that website shows one part of the site but the bit (in the same building) where they were doing the glass blowing was

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