It all started with a trip my daughter Akhalia and I took to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and later, it's gift shop. If you've ever been to the Exploratorium, you know how awesome it is and how you could easily spend all day there. This was one such day. After spending hours wandering around and showing my daughter my favorite spots she stopped at a large piece. It was a giant version of a pin wall. The kind where you push up the pins with your hands or face or whatever you can get your hands on and the pins form that shape above. The bonus to this large scale one besides using larger parts of your body, is the shimmer it makes while rustling your hand across the bottom side. Its beautiful.
Next stop the gift store. I can never escape the gift store in any establishment. My daughter won't allow such things. When she set her eyes on a miniature version of the pin wall, she declared that she must have it. Being a broke ass mom, I let her in on a secret. We could make one and it would be so much more fun because "we" did it together. She wasn't sold but with some coaxing I was able to convince her that it was better than nothing. In the long run though, it cost more to make one than to purchase it from the gift store because we used nails. Ours is a bit more heavy duty and not quite as detailed but damn does it look cool. I'd love to make a full coffee table like it. Maybe one of you can take that on.
A laser cutter
10"x10"piece of Plexiglass
10"x10" piece of 1/4" wood
One large box and one small box of 10 D 3" nails
4 - 6" (about) Bolts, a little smaller than the corner holes
12 nuts to fit the bolts
4 nuts that cap the bolts