Create a mobile party that will keep people dancing around you all night!
(Photo courtesy of Joshua Targownik)
Step 1: Materials
mirrored material (3 2x2 sheets)
2 24" plastic domes
velcro (heavy duty)
2 2" wide silver belts
Utility knife (with plenty of extra blades)
Hot glue gun
Dremel cutting tool
mirror cutting tool
Battery operated lights
ipod shuffle with speakers
Step 2: Cut Domes and Velcro Together
Using a dremel tool, (with help from my friend Dave) I cut out each dome's top and bottom to fit around my body. This step was made easier by taking rough measurements of my bust and bottom using wire shaped around my form and then sketching it on the domes.
I used industrial strength velcro (available at Home Depot) to attach the sides of the domes together. It makes an amazingly strong bond! After lining both edges I also made a velcro "hinge" on the interior of one side to make it easier to put on and take off.
I celebrated getting this far by dancing around doing the robot.
Step 3: Attach Straps and Pad/cover Edges
I cut two silver belts (orienting the buckles on my shoulders, easily accessible) and hot glued them to the interior of the domes. Later, I reinforced the straps with gaff tape to help hold up against the weight of the mirrors.
I covered the sharp cut edges of the domes with foam tape to pad them. Then I covered all edges with silver tape, to disguise where the mirrors ended.
Step 4: Cut and Glue Mirrors
To cut strips from the grid of mirrors, I used GLOVES and a sharp utility knife, running the blade between a row to cut the fabric backing. The blade dulls quickly, change often. Keep in mind, mirror edges are SHARP!
Laying the first row of mirrors was the most difficult. I started on the "equator" of each dome. My first try was not level, but luckily the hot glue pulled off cleanly when I decided to try again. This time I also used a laser level to make sure it was a good starting point. Then I started gluing strips of the mirrors up from the equator, offsetting each row in a brick pattern. I cut mirror tiles in half (scoring them with a cutter) to fill in the rows all the way to each edge.
Hot gluing the rows one by one was a time consuming process... but I got both domes covered in a couple nights. I finished off each edge with a row of mirrors as well.
Finished, the ball weighed in about 20+ lbs! A workout wearing that around all night for sure.
Step 5: Choosing the Outfit
Tinsel wig $15
Sequined top $25
Sequined hot pants $30
The shoes were a goodwill purchase. I had some mirrors left over, so I went ahead and mirrored them too!
Step 6: Getting Into (and Out Of) the Costume
Step 7: Accessories
I bought mini speakers for my ipod shuffle, which I loaded with disco favorite hits. The speakers weren't very loud, but loud enough for a mobile party. I used velcro strap to attach it to one of my belts.
I had some belt strap, mirrors, and velcro left over, so I made a couple bracelets.
I attached small LED lights to the bracelets. They twisted on, with blinking and solid options. I found these at Michaels Arts in the wedding section. I also carried around a small but very bright LED flashlight to "spotlight" the discoball.
Step 8: Party!!
I was a fantastic sensation, clearly a crowd favorite... Everyone likes shiny sparkly things! Yes it was a LOT of work, but I enjoyed every minute of being the Discobelle of the Ball!