The middle part of this was used for the inner sleve for the album (Records had outer and inner sleves, the inner sleve was softer to protect the record and stop it from falling out). The original crystal ball was full of images of warfare and cities burning and Nazis and people suffering but Maiden said it was "too heavy" for them so I had to soften it up. They always complained that I was "too heavy" and then they would complain that their covers wern't "heavy enough." Then they would say that they wanted Eddie not so monsterous and then ask for him to look "more Evil" . you go work it out, I gave up. I liked painting the inkwell, though.