Wishing Ball

This hand-blown glass ball is a unique way to treasure your weekly wishes or thoughts of gratitude.

$32.00

Jill Henrietta Davis created by

Jill Henrietta Davis

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Treasured Wishes

Where do wishes go once you make them? Their force for good travels out into the universe in ways we don't understand, but what if you could keep a piece behind as a special reminder of that magic?

Glass artist Jill Henrietta Davis has conjured up a way to do just that. Each shimmering ball of hand-blown, blue glass comes with 52 tiny slips of paper for you to pause once a week throughout the year and record a message of hope or gratitude. Coil them up and tuck them in the tiny hole near the base and they become a permanent part of the display.

People often ask Jill why the wishes can’t come back out, and her explanation can be summed up with birthday candles. “When you blow out your candles, you don’t tell the wish you made, otherwise it won’t come true,” says Jill. “But more importantly, memories are always more beautiful than photographs, and the same is true of wishes. When you look at the little slips of paper accumulating in your Wishing Ball, I want you to think about the Big Picture those messages convey. Rereading the notes would be like looking backwards, or trying to step in the same river twice.” Handmade in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Made in Rhode Island

Jill Henrietta Davis

created by

Jill Henrietta Davis

location

Rhode Island

created by

Jill Henrietta Davis

location

Rhode Island

During her freshman year studying fashion at the Parsons School of Design, Jill Davis realized her clothes were more like wearable sculpture than fashion. Wanting to stay at Parsons, she began exploring different departments. The day she walked into the glass studio and saw molten glass for the first time, her search was over. “Glass is the most challenging and rewarding material I have ever encountered,” says Jill. “You can’t bully it—you are perpetually persuading and coaxing the glass into shape. Even the best living master glass blowers cannot always get the glass to do what they want! It’s this feisty streak that keeps me enchanted.”

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
paper, handblown glass
Measurements
4" H x 3.5" diam.
Notes
Please note: once a wish is added into the Wishing Ball, it becomes part of the display and cannot be removed.

Paper slips are 1" L x 3" W.
Item ID
25880

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.


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UncommonGoodsWishing Ball
 
4.5

(based on 188 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (133)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (61)
  • Long lasting (50)
  • Lasting fun (49)
  • Stores easily (31)
  • Good variety (20)

Cons

  • Doesn't last (3)
  • Small (3)
  • Very small (3)

Best Uses

  • Art (52)
  • Long term use (39)
  • Gift (4)
  • School (4)
  • Scrapbooking/cardmaking (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (66), Parent (47), Budget shopper (20), Educator (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (147), Business (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (230), No (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful Gift, Especially for Milestone Events!

First of all, I need to explain HOW MUCH my best friend loved this gift. We used it at her bridal shower - all of us wrote messages and wishes to the bride and...Read complete review

First of all, I need to explain HOW MUCH my best friend loved this gift. We used it at her bridal shower - all of us wrote messages and wishes to the bride and groom, and we placed them in the ball followed by a kiss on the cheek for the bride. She cried with tears of happiness. All of those wishes, captured for eternity. I know that some people whispered to her the wish as they gave her their ceremonial kiss, and others just smiled with the knowledge that they were sending a secret wish.

Now, this leads me to my "second of all"... when I bought the wishing ball, I read the description completely. At no time did I think that the ball could ever be opened, and the sentiments read and placed back. Wishes are meant to go into the ether after they are made. This is a symbolic and thoughtful gift.

And this all concludes with my "third of all"... the website has a GREAT feature so that you can SEE THE ACTUAL SIZE of the object you want to buy. I read the dimensions, but I still wanted to SEE how big 3.5" looked for a round item. I used the uncommongood tool, I held my driver's license up to the screen to calibrate it to the size of my monitor... and I saw exactly what I was to purchase. When it arrived, I was not surprised - because I knew what I was getting when I ordered it.

I think these are GREAT and thoughtful gifts - perfect bridal shower Matron or Maid of Honor gift to the bride. I can think of many other occasions I would purchase one of these - really, any milestone event (birthday, anniversary, new job, etc...).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wish it was a little different

I wanted to give it to my daughter for a wedding shower gift . I wanted friends and family to write wishes for her marriage.
I didn't realize once you put the wishes...Read complete review

I wanted to give it to my daughter for a wedding shower gift . I wanted friends and family to write wishes for her marriage.
I didn't realize once you put the wishes in you cannot remove them.
This won't work.
I wanted my daughter to read them after they got married.
You have to break the ball to get them out and that seems to be a yucky thing to have to do.
I won't be giving it to her.(:

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5.0

It was the perfect Gift

By 

from Las Vegas

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

My friend reported that she loved the gift and put it to use right away. She said: "You made my day!"

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this!

By 

from San Diego, CA

Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

I bought this as a birthday gift for my best friend. First off, I love the whole idea behind it and I'm very happy the artist designed it in such a way as to prevent you from being able to take the messages back out. To me, that adds to the uniqueness of it. Beyond that, it's a beautiful work of art that I know my friend will absolutely love!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Super cute

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

It was great for a graduation present to put out some hopes and wishes for the future! yay!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I would not buy this again, no way to retrieve.

By 

from Arvada, co.

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to order

Cons

  • Needs a better description.

Best Uses

    Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

    Wish it would have had a base like a snow globe for inscriptions.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Prompt delivery service.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Great gift for someone who appreciates sentiment.

    By 

    from Wi

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

    My mother buys things she wants as she sees them. I looked for something for her spiritual side.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Beautiful gift!

    By 

    from Ohio

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

    This wishing ball is the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It can be used for the recipient to write wishes or prayers or you can write the prayers/wishes yourself and put them in the wishing ball so the recipient can pull them out. I have purchased several for 50th birthdays, big anniversaries, etc. They are just beautiful and I've received glowing thank you's! This is a must-have in your gift closet!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    4.0

    Beautiful, but I wish it could be opened.

    By 

    from Stafford, VA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful glass
    • Small, simple, beautiful design
    • Very heartfelt

    Cons

    • Cannot open after putting paper in

    Best Uses

    • Decoration

    Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

    I bought this product for my husband on Valentine's Day. He loved it but pointed out a flaw: how can you read all the cute notes after a year so you can read them? You would have to break it... and that would be sad as the glass I quite beautiful.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    My best friend loved the product!

    By 

    from Yonkers, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

    Given as a birthday gift

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wishing Ball - Great idea for a gift

    By 

    from Boise, Idaho

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Size and color

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

        A sentimental gift that was personable and meaningful.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect

        By 

        from raleigh, nc

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about UncommonGoods Wishing Ball:

        I love it. It's a perfect and thoughtful gift.

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