|Top: Reference pic. Bottom: our version with Lady Linda Gaga ;) I think our discostick is better haha!|
|Screencap from LoveGame|
Here's the schematic:
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I used a plastic ball (~$1) from Joanne Fabrics for the underlying structure of the headpiece. It's got a split down the middle so you can seperate the two halves, so I trimmed the circuit board edges until it fit and hot glued it in permanently. Then i cut out a hole so the handle-pvc pipe can fit through. It's kinda thin plastic and can shatter easily so the best way was to score and break pieces off from the edge of the two halves to make the hole.
We covered the entire pieces with arcylic vase filler gems. I bought this 17oz canister variety large sizes from Target (picture) and another bag of variety small sizes and pretty much used up all of them. Spent at least 3 hours hot-gluing all of them on. The idea was to build up the layer of gems, arranging them in such away to get the desired tapered outline, which we got from reference pics. To get that random, rocky look some of the larger gems were put jutting out every once in a while. To provide headpiece support, the gems were arranged around the base of the head-piece so that the gems would rest and interlock with the gems on the handle. The sheer-strength of the hot-glue was plenty strong.
|Wiring schematic for the switch. Needed 4 connectors because both battery pack and the head piece had to be removable. Either 3 AAA or AA batteries in the pack.|
The rocker switch has a very tall base, but instead of cutting a rectangle-sized hole in the PVC pipe, i just drilled holes for the wires and hot-glued it to the surface. The wires may have been outside, i don't really remember. The switch stuck out a lot, but i painted it silver along with the rest of the handle and covered up the sides with gems so it wasn't readily visible.
To keep the headpiece from flying off but still make it removable for changing batteries, i used the plastic loop that was already on the plastic ball, and looped a wire around the rocker switch. However, disco stick was pretty top heavy when all said and done due to the sheer number of gems, and it was not recommended to swing the staff around. It was just strong enough to point upside down and hold it in place. Since everything was built on a thin plastic ball, dropping the disco stick would probably shatter it, maybe (there was A LOT of hot glue on it). If you watch Lady Ga-ga's videos, you'll notice that she also doesn't swing hers around probably for the same reasons.
|Left: On and boy was it sparkly! Right: Off but with reflection from camera flash.|
So there you have it! it was really quite something at night time, truly like a disco ball mounted on a stick! Our Lady Gaga was quite impressed with our handiwork. ;) If we were to make it again probably try to counter-balance the weight by adding some into the bottom of the handle, and also making the batteries replaceable from the bottom would have made it easier because then the head-piece would not have to be removable (and so secured with hot-glue for strength). I also considered using something more robust than the thin plastic ball for the inside structure, but i couldn't find anything cheap and suitable at the time. Maybe like those oil-filled decorative balls or clear acrylic contact juggling balls.