If the size is an issue, you can buy a round aluminum tube using an appropriate glue. This is usually found in craft stores which may be marked ‘polystyrene’ or ‘polyester’ but it’s the same shape and can be made as a ball by cutting a circular disc of metal foil shape, cutting two or three squares of metal sheet off the end of the tube, and gluing them onto the inside of one of your child’s faces.
The ball may not have ‘disco’ on it, but will fit with some glue applied. If your son/daughter is still in nappies, the ball will not hold him/her in place properly, so you may want to find a suitable alternative.I recommend the foil-shaped tube of the aluminium tube and a plastic bottle cap for the smaller polysyringe ball. The tubes are small and can be found in many shops.I have used both and I can assure you that it works best if your face is completely flat, which is why the bottles should be flat as well. The small plastic tube is only good at covering the inside of the children’s face, and the other tube has holes for a small bottle, a coin holder, and a bit for the face.
The ball doesn’t actually stay put in the child’s face, so it doesn’t work well if the children are sleeping. It should probably be attached to the child’s front, or at least to the top of the head. It should also make it more stable, so that with the child up in the air, it is easier for you to bring their nose to their face. Make sure the mask is wide enough, because a child can’t hold their head high when they are asleep. Make sure the mask is thick enough, too.It is very important that the mask is made of clear plastic, so that your child can see through it. You can go ahead and buy a mask of clear plastic, because it is inexpensive and easy to find, but if you need to make a very expensive one, make sure it is made of ABS plastic. Don’t bother with acrylic ones, because they will not be opaque at night and can be difficult to cut. I use clear plastic in my mask because it looks good and is a good quality for kids.Make sure the mask fits well and is in perfect square shape, and that all the teeth are in perfect line. They will turn into teeth at night, so make sure you check them with a tooth pick to ensure they are in line. The mask should be snug and comfortably fits your child, but not tight. Your child will be using such long, round lips that the mask is no longer going to be able to cover them all night, so make sure your mask is tight enough that the only thing they can’t get their head into is the top of the bottom teeth. You want to make sure the mask will fit snugly but not too tight so that the kid will not be able to move their head from side to side.Don’t use anything other than clear plastic.
If your child can’t find it to put their head through, buy a disposable mask of some kind (e.g. a plastic one that fits into a plastic bottle cap) and glue it on. If you can’t find a disposable mask, try something a bit more unusual. It will save you a lot of time.
I am not sure if the plastic tubes that you use for the small ones are the same as what you use for the extra smaller ones. I have used them both, however, you can get them a bit different colours depending on what sort of mask you are using and whether you are happy with a clear one or an acrylic one.
The colours are in the pictures below, but I also added the plastic tubing into the mask, too.Make sure the mask is tight enough because a child can’t lie flat during a full night without falling out.
Repeat for the other pieces. The glue won’t stick well if you use an acrylic or latex ball. You really want to adhere the glass around the ball to give your final look. I found that the easiest way to do it is to glue a long piece of string through a hole and tie it into a triangle from one end to the other. The end you tie off should be connected to the center of the triangle. With a sharp pair of small scissors you need to cut the loose end. The string should be attached so that if you have the ball facing one way in your room it’s still facing one direction in your bedroom. Repeat this step on every ball by doing the same procedure for them.
You should end up with a big flat area on the floor which will look more like that of a room. Now cut a rectangle of the same height as the mirror with an inch cut into it. This will be the mirror’s base. The larger the base the easier it is to apply the mirror. You’ll need to tape these to make sure that you don’t rip the tape. After you have cut the base, cut a long piece of cardboard out of the same thickness as the base. This is the mirror’s stand. This will help to keep it firmly in place. Cut the strip of cardboard out to be about 1 inch long. Now, cut about 8 inch strips from the cardboard and each one cut so that you have a total of about 30 foot long strips. They should be cut on strips that are a bit less than 1 inch long. If you are cutting on a sheet, cut each strip into squares that are about 4 inches long. Make sure to leave a space of space at the very top and bottom for the glass that you are gluing to as well. This might be a bit of a hassle on larger mirrors because with larger mirrors, you have more flexibility in what you can do with your surface. If you want bigger and/or thicker strips, you will also have to cut the strips out on double sheets and glue them to the cardboard base so that they don’t cut off on each other.
I found by using masking tape this worked very well for me. Next, lay down flat and glue your mirror onto the cardboard base. Again tape the pieces to make sure that they don’t rip and you don’t damage either.
After this, you can go ahead and screw the glass in firmly. Be careful not to allow any air to get between the mirror and the cardboard or it could rip off. As a final step you can do a light coat of polyurethane primer over the mirror to make it less reflective. You can also lay another piece of cardboard and tape it over the back of the mirror. Now you can start to look like the room you’ve created. You can find much cheaper versions of this at craft stores.
Here is the finished mirror. I love how it looks and I can’t believe how well it stands out when you don’t need to see it. It is a pretty piece and makes a nice change for a room that will look nice from a distance. If you take a few photos of the mirror first using your phone I think you’ll appreciate that we’re not seeing the mirrored balls directly underneath as is normally the case.
Next up, I want to tell you about the two different types of mirrors that I use. There are a handful of different types of mirrors available for home use but these two type of mirrors just might be the best for some of you. For the record, let me know what type of mirror you use by leaving it in the comment section below.
You will now be able to see through the mirror into the recesses and into the ball. The top and bottom of the mirrors should be aligned so that no part of the ball lies above the surface of the mirror. For best results you will need to place your ball into the recesses. Once aligned, carefully place the ball into the hole and position your ball on the frame. The finished effect should be a mirror-like ball that can be easily moved around by hand or with the help of hand tools.
If the height of the ball would be uncomfortable to your child it should be adjusted by making a mark on the bottom of the mirror using a ruler (I’ve measured 6 3/8 inches from the inside edge of the ball to the corner) and adjusting the height of the mirror accordingly. This should not be done with a ruler or any other tool as they are designed to be used with a very small frame like this. Once this is properly set it should be very easy to move the mirror around and the toy can be easily cleaned by wiping its surface with sandpaper. After this the toy can be played until its length is longer than the ball. To make this easier and reduce scratching try the following:
Take your ball and place the center of the ball right above the center of the recess with the ball being used as the guide. It should be difficult to move the ball away from the circle as it is being moved up and down by the pressure on the ball. Make sure you are making sure the ball is within the center of the mirror where the top of the ball is aligned with the mirror.
After this you can simply place the ball on or near the frame and place the circle on or near the center of the ball allowing the ball to be moved by it. The height of the circle should be enough to give the ball proper height and not too low. After this you will want to add another groove to both sides of the circle so that there will now be a recess in the middle of the circle as well. Here is the finished toy. The only part that really makes it different from the picture above is the shape of the circle. Here is the bottom of the toy.