Hard Cup vs Soft Cup

the one that broke

A few days ago, I dropped an old Hard-Cup Sparkleball I love. Five cups shattered, and  there’s no way to repair it.  That’s the thing about hard cups.  They’re really sparkly, but they crack. Two other important points:  you can’t staple them and they are a slightly different size than solo-style cups.  BUT they come in more colors!

Here are the  instructions for making a Hard Cup Sparkleball.  I used to use a soldering iron to melt the cups together, but now I use hot glue.   (Master Sparkleballer Carl Boro uses silicon caulk.)  From the instructions you’ll learn that there’s a different formula in how you put the Hard Cup Sparkleball together.   This is very important.  If you try to make it like an Original Sparkleball, it won’t work.  You’ll need more cups too.

photos below by Carl Boro, who loves making hard-cup sparkleballs.

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New Year’s Eve Ideas

macetech1Garrett and Jason’s business is electronic magic-making.  So when they built a New Year’s Eve sparkleball, of course it contained six RGB LED arrays (capable of intense light and color combinations) and several kinds of controllers.  Lowered by a rope from a tree at midnight, it lit up the whole backyard.   And a few years later, they made their ball-drop even more spectacular.

Carl Boro’s giant sparkleball is the annual centerpiece of the carlnye1New Year’s Eve Dance at Cubberley Pavilion.  It is a feat of engineering constructed of 334 10oz hard Chinet cups,  700 led mini-lights, and suspended by a meticulous system of dacron fishing cord above the dance floor.   When not performing, Carl’s NYE Ball rests in its own custom-made storage box.

But don’t worry.   From my experience even just one ordinary sparkleball makes New Year’s Eve sparklier.   Nothing goes better with champagne :)

click on Carl’s photos for details.  More New Year’s sparkleball ideas here and on Pinterest.

Garrett and Jason’s MACETECH sparkleball