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.
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.