Mini-Sparkleballs by Brandon and Randy Schimka

belardo8The easiest mini-sparkleball to make is with 4 oz “souffle cups.”  These pudding cups are close in proportion to 9 oz solo-style cups, just smaller, so the same 12-9-4 formula works.   I learned this trick from Randy and Brandon Schimka, the father and son team who produce Belardo Lights, one of San Diego’s most popular front-yard electronic light and music holiday displays.  The Schimkas, including granddad Joe, work all year planning and building for opening night Saturday after Thanksgiving.  On the Schimka’s belardo7website, you’ll find the inspiring story behind Belardo Lights and many how-to’s for their custom-made display items and electrical systems, including their souffle cup mini-sparkleballs.   (See our page on mini’s for other ways to make them.)

See the Schimka’s light show at 5306 Belardo Dr, San Diego CA, 28 Nov – 27 Dec .  Great video of the entire display with mini-sparkleballs

 

 

 

 

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Carl built it with paper clips then used silicon caulk to attach the cups.

Here’s a sparkleball made with Party City color hard plastic cups  in “white.”  The maker, Carl Boro,paired them with warm white LED lights for a soft ivory pearlescence.  Total moon-glow.   Because of the cup’s shape, each half is built in four rings: 14 – 11 – 6 – 1   (64 cups in all.)   To see how Carl does it, check out instructions for the Hard Cup Sparkleball.