This instructable details how I did this.
The tools I used were a leatherman, a jigsaw and a drill, (and a ruler and marker), and a hot glue gun.
You will need....
-Black wrap (black foil)
-Black Tack (black foil tape)
-25mm PVC pipe - about a meter
-silk flowers - 6 of
-plastic vase/urn thingy.
-1mm garden wire
-6 sprinkler head tubes (or other thin rigid but bendy tube)
-spray paint in brown, black and dark green.
Step 1: What We Want to Make...
Measure the squished flowers, add 10mm and this is the length of your pipe sections...
Cut the pipe into 6 lengths of this (this will make 6 flower heads)
Cut the ends of the sprinkler extender pipes if they have any, ensure there is nothing blocking them.
Once scrunched around the pipe and it's all nice and straight, black tack/tape the foil to the tube in an overlapping spiral. Once it's all secure, tape up the crease down the side.
Step 5: Flower Fun
Pull the leaves off the bottom carefully (pic 3+4) to reveal the plastic fastener. pull it off (5) and then cut it down into a circle (6).
put the leaves back on the stalky bit and then the fastener (7) to make a whole flower again, but with the fastener and leaves in swapped positions.
fold the top 3-4mm over, squeeze tight with pliers and then fold over again. This acts as a kind of wedge/hook inside the flower stem.
cover this end in glue/hot glue and stick it in the whole, add more glue if needed.
Step 7: Urn Your Stripes....
Make a hole that will accept your 25mm pvc pipe width, ensuring it is nice and snug.
The hole should pass from the bowl to the base. This is where the mechanism will live and where the flowers will be operated from.
Step 8: Mechanism Housing
Grab a piece of dowel and then drill a hole in one of the circles of wood the same diameter as the dowel. Slide on and glue in place. Drill a series of holes in a circle on the the other one, screw on the top. you may need to drill pilot holes for screws or the dowel will split. It should look as below in the picture. The two discs give the push rod stability in the tube and hole the wires in place.
Now we need to measure the travel of the flowers from the 'all in' position to the 'all out' position, my measurement is 60mm.
I made 2 marks on my pipe, the first is where the flower stems will go to(i.e. where the cables come out) and the second is 60mm down from that.
The pipe length is determined by these two measurements and the length of the two baffles distance apart.
Step 9: Glue 'em and Tie 'em
Push the wires through the neares holes, ensuring there are no twists that will cause the wire to buckle when pushed.
Bend the ends of the wire into a little hook and then tie more wire round them. Fold the hooks over, add more wire around them to keep it tight if needed/
Step 10: Put It Together
Test your mechanism. The flowers should pop out when pushed and disappear when pulled!
you may need to ease in the flowers for the first few times...
Step 11: Assemble...
Cut a hole in the centre to accomodate the mechanism tube.
Slide the disc on the mechanism tube, slide the mechanism tube into the holes you cut in the urn. It should all be friction fit if your lucky, else add PVC tape make it so. This lets you access the mechanism if needing repair.
Cut the dowel push rod down if it sticks below the bottom of the urn when the flowers are in.
Step 12: Finish It Up
Then using black, dark green and brown spray paint, artfully spray a mottled 'dead vegetation look' over the whole thing. look at some real dead flowers to get some ideas.
Now it's ready for your performance!!!
I'll post some action footage of the ballet flower scene when the production is over!
Hope this all makes sense, if not, leave a message and I'll rectify any problems!
Thanks for reading,