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Rob Sparkleball Jones

Last month at New York Maker’s Faire, Rob Stephens displayed his popular programmable RGB/LED sparkleballs,  pixelballs.  But the surprise hit was his sparkleball hat.  So many people asked to try it on, that Rob had to take photos. Mark Mathias was there and with Rob’s help, carried the idea to his church’s youth group, who made pixel and battery-pack sparkleball hats for Halloween.  

Check out Rob’s website and his photo collection of “Sparkle Heads.”  Rob’s also working on easy instructions for programmable LED sparkleballs.

 

 

 

Using Different Lights – 2

differentlights3 I bought these icicle lights online from Home Depot to try and make a star-shaped sparkleball in honor of Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights.  It turned out pretty cool. The icicles poke out from the cups and make star points.  Bonus, they’re programmed LEDs with great color-changing effects.  (see video)  I only wish there were more lights.  The set only comes with 12.

Happy Diwali to Antzy, who shared his Diwali sparkleball from India and introduced me to this beautiful holiday.
 

 


HELPFUL DIY HOW-TO POSTS:
–  FIND THE RIGHT CUPS
 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

Electronic Motion Sparkleballs

Rob Stephens  (aka  Sparkleball Jones) supercharges his  sparkleballs with electronic whizbangery.  Each RGB LED light is programed individually, using a micro-controller for coded sequencing.  The result turns a basic sparkleball into a minilight aurora borealis.   At Maker Faire (Bay Area) this past weekend, Rob had thousands of visitors to his booth who were wowed by the light show.   Below, check out  Sparkleball Jones videos and videos of other electronic sparkleballs from the past.

Other fun Electronic Sparkleball Videos:
Allen Kitchen  (Houston TX)
Preston Holmes  (Santa Barbara CA)
Garrett Mace  (San Francisco CA)
Randy and Brandon Schimka (San Diego CA)

 

B L A C K C U P S !

Black sparkleball from Carl Boro made with new Party City black plastic cups.  Lights are cool white LED.  Cups joined with silicon caulk.  Below, see it contrasted with the ball he made from Party City’s white (not clear) cups.   Another great Halloween option!

note:  another black sparkleball here and here.

Carl Boro Black Sparkleball


Past Posts on Halloween Ideas:
– Halloween 1
– Halloween 2
– Halloween 3
Halloween 4
Fun Halloween Lights