After the Steelers won Superbowl XL, I thought it would be cool to have a set of five Lombardi trophies as part of my Steelers wall. I looked around for months and could only find a few authorized copies at about $3,000 each (my wife said "no" to getting five of them... or even one), or some crappy ones that were on ebay that didn't look close to the real thing.
I decided I was going to have to make my own. I started with fullsize ceramic footballs from a ceramic shop in Buffalo, NY. They were made from a mold made from a regulation football, so they have the air valve, pebble grain, etc., that all needed to be sanded off.
I then had to come up with a way to make the three sided, concave-sided, base, which was a chore. I kept having problems making sides with a correct, consistent, curve to them. I finally realized that if you connect enough curves together you end up with a circle, and found I could make perfect sides using pieces cut from a round, smooth-sided, waste basket. I cut out three panels per trophy, joined the edges together, and I had my base. The top of the base fits into a hole cut in the bottom of the ball, and once the angle is right I join the two together with Great Stuff foam and epoxy clay.
They are painted with Rustoleum silver paint, but I'm going to try a harder chrome paint that's made for redoing car bumpers. BTW, the figures between the trophies are 12" McFarlane figures. Five are custom ones I did (Bleier, Swan, Bradshaw, Polomalu, and Ward) and one is the 12" Roethlisberger made by McFarlane.
Here we go Steelers, here we go!