Materials and Tools
Any glue suitable for attaching a mirror to a papier-mâché mold is suitable, I suggest glue for ceiling tiles.
First you need to determine the size of your ball. There are no restrictions here, only the amount of material used and time.
Be sure to prepare the room for work with glass. During work, small mirror shavings will certainly appear - cover the floor with newspapers, cover the interior with suitable material.
Choose a mirror, preferably thin (any one will do, but thin is easier to cut). The mirror is cut using a glass cutter into squares of about 1 cm by 1 cm.
Cut the mirror
The mirror is laid on a flat hard surface. Next, a ruler is applied to it, along which the mirror is cut into long strips (cut from the front side).
Finished strips are similarly divided into 1cm by 1cm squares.
After that, the squares are carefully knocked out from the back of the mirror with a glass cutter.
Tip: Dividing the mirror into small squares, mark out several squares at once, so it will be faster.
We make the basis (ball)
The ball will be made of papier-mâché.
Cooking paste. There are many recipes, I personally used the following. Boil 5 parts of water, pour into it? parts of flour diluted in one part of cold water, boil for 2 minutes.
We inflate a balloon of the right size (it is important that the balloon itself is round).
Cut the paper into strips (preferably newspaper).
On a dry ball, we begin to stick paper moistened in a paste (do not wet the paper too much, it will dry for a long time). Make as many layers as possible, let the layers dry, and apply the following. The ball should be strong enough to hold a mirror on itself.
After waiting for the paper to dry, we pierce the inner ball and take it out.
The foundation is ready.
We make fasteners with which the ball will be attached to the desired surface. To this end, you need to wrap the ball in several places with a nylon rope (imagine the ball as a globe and wrap it with rope along the meridians and equator). All the threads must be smeared with glue, on the crown collect the threads in one bundle, which will become the mount. There are also options with fastening on the principle of Christmas toys, using wire.
We hang the ball on the mount (so that it is convenient for you to work with it).
We glue the ball with the squares of the mirror using glue (I propose glue for the ceiling tile) - we start with the “crown” of the ball. We paste over the horizontal rows. Try to place the mirror pieces as close to each other as possible - the amount of light reflected from the ball and the appearance of the decoration will depend on this.
We hang the ball in the place you need, spin it, direct the light at it and turn on the hits of the 80s! Disco begins!