How to Make: Sparklehive

Sparklehive by Sabel
Pyramid 1 |  /// cups

The superstar of Sabel’s collection is Sparklehive, the Frank Lloyd Wright of sparkleballs.  It’s built in two pyramids of stacked rectangles, which are then joined end to end with a soldering iron.  Pyramid one (at left) is 6 tiers of cups placed the same way  //// .  In Pyramid two the cups are nested /\//\/.  A light strand is suspended inside from the top and  cascades down.    Sabel says that Sparklehive looms over the room in a wonderfully creepy way.  I think it’s quite majestic.






Piet Mondrian except round

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Lorraine’s Sparkleball, 2015
Piet Mondrian, 1921
Piet Mondrian, 1921

Tomorrow is Lorraine’s birthday.   Lorraine is a true friend and that rariety of rarieties: a native San Diegan (by way of La Jolla.)  She was at my first sparkleball party where all the sparkleballs turned out cattywompus because I hadn’t worked out how to make them before I invited friends over.  Today, for her birthday sparkleball I cut up some soft plastic cups I found at the 99⊄ store and glued a few rims into the clear cups.  I like the modern art effect.  Sort of Piet Mondrian except round.   I hope she likes it.