Sparkleballs of Sydney

Sparkleballs by MistyLast Christmas when Misty Cheesman started making sparkleballs, neighbors joined in to make and hang them, too. Friends came by for lessons. Custom orders snowballed,  and suddenly Misty was in the sparkleball business.

This year Misty is making  sparkleballs to sell at craft markets and from home.  It’s  not easy work.  Each sparkleball is melted together, since 9 oz cups in Australia are hard plastic.  Misty must work outside and in a heavy mask because of the fumes. (It’s summer and HOT in Australia right now.)  Each sparkle ball is threaded with 200 lights, twice the norm.   

The joy of her customers keeps her going, Misty says.  A good sense of humor also must help.  The business was originally called Nice Balls, but sister Denise convinced her to go with the classier Oz Sparkle Balls.  

Visit Oz Sparkle Balls on Facebook.  The photos and videos are terrific, and Misty’s posts are great fun.  If you’re in Sydney,  it’s sparkle time!  PM Misty to buy some nice balls.  :)

Sabel’s Sparkleballs

Sabel is a filmmaker, artist and photographer who makes sparkleballs.  Each is born out of what’s at hand and then soldered together, with enchanting results.  There’s Sporeball  with tube shotglasses inserted between the 9 oz hard cup layers.  Darkleball’s webbed core of CD’s melted in a microwave.  Mini FireHazard MD’s layers of little medicine dosage cups. Sparklehive composed of 10 oz Chinets in two pyramids, base to base.  And my favorite, Dishwarped, a surreal stunner made  of big cups melted in the dishwasher.  The entire collection is on a timer, and Sabel says that when they’re lit at once it’s like the Tree of Souls in AVATAR.