In this week of assignment, we have to make multiples of something, 5 or more.
I have decided to do something I am interested in — a floating bonsai. Even though I am allergic to flowers, I wanted to have some natural decoration without causing me allergic. Rather than placing a plant on table for me to stare, I would like to change my plants in different season when I wanted to. The idea of Air Bonsai is a new conceptual of plants decoration, and the way it floats mediates me when I look at it.
I started to build up my own floating bonsai:
- Yosoo Levitation Ion Revolution Platform
- Glue gun
- Scenic trees / moss
- Artificial flowers
- foam balls
- wood glue
- Thin plywoods
- Hand drills + Drill bits
- C Clamps
- Band Saw
Step 1: Trim down the plywoods for the cover of the base
After cutting the woods to build the container for the magnetic field, I also sand the edges so the wood strips would not “fly out” too much.
Step 2: Drill a hole through one of the wood and glue other parts together.
I have used a sacrificial board and a C Clamp to stabilize the wood for me to drill through a hole, which allows the cable to extend from the magnetic field. After that, I tried to use drilling methods to combine the edges of the container together. Yet the wood is too soft and thin, I turn to use wood glue and blow dryer to create a container.
Step 3: Creating the floating Bonsai
I begin with a sphere foam and rearrange the artificial flowers on top of it. To make it more like a bonsai, I applied the scenic trees or moss with the glue gun to stick with the foam. (After that, I realize I should use the scenic trees’ glue instead as it kept falling off) I also cut off the bottom of foam, so the bonsai should stand on the magnetic disk for it to turn and float.