3. FORM CONSTRUCTION
required: drill, 1/2” spade bit, 1/4" and 7/32" wood bits, jigsaw, one foot length of 1x2, four (4) 2” long bolts and nuts, ruler or tape measure, one (1) wood screw, pencil, 1/2" plywood (TIP: Use good quality plywood, not particle board)
cut two pieces of plywood to appropriate dimensions. Leave plenty of room at each side
bolt together at edges
take the piece of 1x2, drill hole with 7/32" bit at one end for pivot
Measuring from the center of the pivot hole, mark the appropriate radius measurement or measurements from Step 2. Try to space them at least 1/4" apart.
Using 1/4" bit, drill holes
screw pivot into center of plywood
place pencil in appropriate hole, scribe circle. I used chewing gum to keep the pencil in place.
Using spade bit, drill pilot hole inside scribed circle, close to line
cut out with jigsaw. To prevent wood expansion from water, I recommend treating the exposed inner surface of the plywood with a waterrepellent coating.
5. FIBREGLASSING
required: fibreglass resin (1 litre per layer), hardener, fibreglass matting, fiberglass cloth, paint brushes or sponges, mixing container, latex gloves, breath mask
How much fibreglass mat do I need?
Well...time for a bit of math.
surface area of sphere = 4 pi r^2
For a 19" diameter stone, radius (r) = 9.5" (half of the diameter)
Therefore, surface area to be covered = 4 x 3.1415926535 x 9.5 x 9.5 = ~ 1134 square inches
One square foot = 144 square inches
1134 divided by 144 = ~ 7.9
Therefore, we will need an absolute minimum of 7.9 square feet to totally cover our sphere for one layer. However, sections must overlap, and there must be some fibreglass mat on the wooden form, so just to be safe, let's assume an overage of 50%.
7.9 * 1.5 = ~ 11.8
Rounding up, we will need about 12 square feet of fibreglass mat for each layer.
Want to make it even easier?

use latex gloves and breath mask
only use 250 ml of resin at a time (about 1/4 of can)
this will cover approximately 1/4 of ball (1/2 of section)
mix with hardener in disposable container
Be careful! Resin heats up considerably as it cures  do not get any on skin. Remove/clean up with acetone.
First layer:
start with fibreglass mat for first layer
precut mat into ~ 6"x8" sections
apply resin to working area on ball = ~2 sections x 2 sections
starting at shell, press each piece of mat onto resined surface and apply top coat of resin with paintbrush or sponge
overlap mat as you go
don't forget to apply resin and mat to part of the wooden form surrounding the ball
replace resin container and paint brush after each section is completed
Second layer:
(if desired): as above
Third layer:
as above, but use fibreglass cloth instead for extra strength
apply resin liberally
Let dry
Remove ball