Tis the sparkleball season! Time to get stapling! There are lots of videos on youtube to show you how to build an original sparkleball. But they don’t always show you the best way or the tricks of the trade. That’s why it’s nice to have some step-by-step instructions with a few shortcuts and some technique thrown in. If you’re a perfectionist (like a few people I know), there are some tricks to getting your sparkleball really round. These tips of Carl’s may sound geeky, but they’re simple, and they work.
- THE RIGHT CUPS
If 12 cups doesn’t make a tidy circle to start, your cups aren’t solo-style which is essential for the Original Sparkleball.
- DON’T OVER STAPLE
Use only 1 or 2 staples per cup. This keeps the ball flexible and stretchy as you assemble it. When you’re done and like the shape, you can add more staples.
- STAPLE DEEP IN THE CUPS
Don’t know why but this makes a difference.
- HOW TO STAPLE – 1
As you join cups, make sure one rim tucks under the other, and the rims touch. Doesn’t matter who’s on top, but the cups should nestle neatly.
- HOW TO STAPLE – 2
When you fit the 9-cup ring on the 12-cup ring, first staple at 4 “compass” points. When those 4 Cups are anchored finish stapling the rest of the cups to the 12-cup ring. Really important to get the right shape.
- TRUST THE CUPS
As you settle one ring on top of the other, you’ll see some cups sit between two cups (valley) and some sit on top of a cup. Wherever they sit, staple.
There will be some gaps. Don’t force cups together. Instead, reinforce where cups do touch with a few extra staples when you’re finished.
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– tips for inserting lights
– the best stapler
– how to hang it – 1
– how to hang it – 2
– how to hang it – 3
– using different lights – 1
– using different lights – 2
– drilling a perfect hole
– how to get it really round
– make The Original Sparkleball
– make AnyCup Sparkleball
– making Mini Sparkleballs