Painting the Cups


Ordinary sparkleballs don’t look that hot in daylight, but painted sparkleballs look terrific.   They’re also a fun way to celebrate your team colors or match the front gate.

With spray-paint, it’s super easy.  Just spray the cups before you start building.  Make sure the spray-paint is made for plastic, then go to town.

I like to spray the thickest coat on the cup bottoms, with just a little overspray on the sides.  Once the ball is together, the wires are hidden but  there’s plenty of clear plastic to shine and reflect the light.  A little like a tie-dyed effect.  To do this, spray once the halves are built before you add the lights.

You can also use more than one color to make a pattern. I generally don’t paint the insides of the cups, just the outsides, but you can paint a sparkleball any way you want :)

 

What’s Hanging Now – May

O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! 

Really, is there any place where May isn’t lovely?  Even in California it’s just a teensy bit greener than usual, and in Texas, where I’m from, May was nigh perfect.  So here’s a frolic, gay, green and merry sparkleball. Random painted cups and 70 LED clear bulbs.   LED’s are often too sharp and bright, so they work perfectly in the painted cups.  This one makes me happy, day or night.

snippet above from THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY,  Thomas Dekker (1572-1631)

 

Make a Prince Sparkleball

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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.

20160428_122224Build 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.20160428_112218

purpleRAIN[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.]

Previous Prince Sparkleball post:
What’s Hanging Now: Purple

 

What’s Hanging Now – April


20160325_133330 1Spring is a colorful and joyous time. For April, I wanted bright colored sparkleballs, since my dry California yard doesn’t have much springtime bloom
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I bought cans of spraypaint in flowery shades of pink, yellow, green and blue.Pink Sparkleball  I made four Original Sparkleballs. Before adding lights, I spray-painted the centers of the halves.  Just the center.  (see photo)  Some paint drifted to the sides of the cups, and there were some loose spatters.  All good. But I left  plenty of clear plastic for Yellow Sparkleballsparkle.  I added colored lights, but I think  clear or multi’s would have worked fine.  Voila!  A sparkleball bouquet of color!  Even when they’re not lit.


 

handy posts for to make a sparkleball:

 buying the right cups
– tips for putting in the lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  using different kinds of lights
–  MAKE THE ORIGINAL SPARKLEBALL