My neighbors threw out a box of old Christmas light bulbs. Seems they REALLY liked blue! Or maybe they used everything EXCEPT blue, which is why they were left over–that actually makes more sense.
This kissing ball is made from C-7 bulbs. The center is a 1" wooden bead (with a hanging cord run through the hole BEFORE you start). I started by gluing bulbs in an equator around the bead, then another ring longitudinally to create quadrants. Then glued in more bulbs to fill in the quadrants. The tinsel fills in any gaps. The tinsel, by the way, is not strands of icicles but bunches pulled from a garland.