Using Different Lights

Icicle Lights
Icicle Light Sparkleball
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Dennis and large textured mini’s

Don’t be afraid to experiment with lights.  Any bunch on a string will do.   I recently made a sparkleball with LED icicle lights I’d found cheap after the holidays, and they worked really well.  They seemed easier to insert than the usual mini’s, and their color is pretty.  Carl uses old-school C9 bulbs in his retro ball.

Battery-powered lights are terrific!  I like the ones that use “D” size batteries.  They come with timers and multi-modes.  How great it is to be able to carry my patio sparkleball in and out as needed, with no cord fuss.

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Jake uses globe lights.

You can also create a new effect by mixing  lights.  Just insert two or more different colors or kinds together.  Clip the two halves together to plug in and test the effect before you staple, so it’s easier to make changes.

WARNING:

  1.  Do not mix LED and incandescent light strings.
  2.  Make sure you know how the strings will connect before you start inserting.  Some strings aren’t made with connectors, and you don’t want to get stuck pulling the lights out.

 


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

Carl’s “Retro” Ball

My favorite sparkleball may be the one Carl Boro makes with big old-school C9 bulbs, which he calls the “retro” ball.  Carl is a former mechanical technician, and this precision shows in his sparkleballs.  Even for him, the “retro” is pretty labor intensive.  Carl wants the lights to point perfectly like a star, so he designed a plastic disk to fit in the bottom of each cup.  The disk is gored and slit so when the lights are pushed through, they are gripped in place. (see left)    If I ever make  a “retro,” I’ll try it first without the disk to see what it looks like.  Because I’m lazy.  Because I’m not as particular as Carl.  But, really, that’s the beauty of sparkleball-making.  Anything goes.  And  so far, I’ve never seen an ugly one.

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