What better way to salute the artist known as Prince than a glittery purple sparkleball? Spray-on glitter and paint from Ace Hardware. Purple mini-lights from Amazon.
Build an Original Sparkleball. Before adding lights, spray-paint the centers of the two halves, as shown below. ( Leave some clear plastic showing for sparkle. ) When the halves dry, spray glitter inside the cups and around the rims. You may want to spot-spray a few extra puffs of purple all over, inside and out, because, well, purple is what this is about.
Clear mini-lights will work. I used purple, which are a bit too raspberry. Maybe they’ll show purple tonight when it’s dark out.
[Note: The spray-on glitter was disappointing, but I love the idea. Need to try some different brands. If you’ve had good luck with it, please let me know.]
My best memory of Prince is my daughter in her raspberry beret. She was only ten, but she loved the song Raspberry Beret and as soon as she knew what that meant, she had to have one. How can a performing artist who is so radical touch a child’s heart? Maybe that is what genius means. Being able to defy and transcend easy categorization in your creative life. Whatever. I’m sad Prince died, and I’m sad he seems to have been sad, especially since he gave so much joy. For you, Prince, a purple sparkleball.
Every January my husband Steve would say, “Time to take down the sparkleballs!” I’d mope. He’d do the job alone and say, “You know we have to, or they’ll stop feeling special at Christmas.”
That was then.
Now we hang a sparkleball year-round. Just one, off the garage outside the front gate. It’s set to a timer to come on at dusk, off at midnight. It also comes on for a few hours before dawn.
I don’t know who enjoys it more, me or Steve. Our everyday, non-holiday sparkleball is always a happy sight when we arrive home, whether from the evening dog walk or a holiday away. It feels more special than ever.
The current version is in honor of El Niño and the record-setting rain predicted for San Diego this winter. I mixed 3 strands of lights: one Halloween orange and two white. The glow is golden and cheery and just perfect for a wet January.
In an email from Amsterdam, Sandra dos Santos sent these words: May sparkleballs continue to bring light to the darkness. That’s exactly why I love this craft. In a world which seems to be growing in darkness and division, how dear it feels to hand-make a small sphere of light. How sweet to see sparkleballs around the world in Egypt and Amsterdam and Florida made for no other reason than joy. Merry Sparkleballs to one and all.