Designer Nargiza Usmanova made the shortlist of the prestigious 2016 DARC lighting design awards with her haunting installation, “12.” She hand-wove the light balls out of colored wire, 6000 zipties, and LED lights from GVA Lighting, her design partner. Originally created for a Moscow Biennale, the installation was reimagined in the Limehouse Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada by Nargiza with help from NUMZ Graphics, Victor Zubashev, and photographer Maxim Zinchuck.
read more about Nargiza’s work here and on Facebook.
I’ve given Carl Boro a lot of credit on this site, and no wonder. If anyone knows about building sparkleballs, it’s Carl. Probably his very best tip is the 1/2″ step drill bit. Carl uses the bit in a drill press. (video here) I use mine in a hand drill. The bit costs about $14, but it makes absolutely perfect holes. Lights slip in, and they stay put. You can drill up to 4 soft cups at a time. And I’ve stuffed as many as 4 lights in a single hole, although 2-3 works best.
A regular 1/2″ drill bit works just fine if it’s sharp enough. Use a knife and cut x’s in the cup bottoms. Or a soldering iron to melt holes. Any hole is better than no hole! So just do it. . .like the man in Canada who put holes in his cups with a screwdriver he heated up on the stove top :) A sparkleball is very forgiving.