CRYSTAL STAR DROP
A very effective solution I've used was a series of small crystals (think chandelier) on black thread hung in strings from a batten. Vary the distance (vertically) between the crystals when you tie them on. Tape the spools to the batten and you have an easy way to store them at strike. Light them from the sides with very tightly focused ellipsoidals --they'll sparkle and twinkle and make a stunning star drop--for a lot less than fiber.