On one hand I like mobiles with a contemporary abstract design, such as Calder's. On the other hand, I wanted to represent the ones who love her so much (ie. me, my wife, and our kids).
I came up to this idea of a birds mobile: the birds represent movement and freedom; their descending size, and the wingtip colors, represent our spirits.
This minimalist design is totally simple, easily made, and elegant.
I want to thank my dear mom, among so many things, for he active support on crafting and tinkering, as I was a kid!
Step 1: Design
Step 2: Build
b) Boil water in a large pot, and immerse the wood into steam at the places to be bent, during several minutes to 1/2h (depending on the wood). Then, manually bend, and maintain the force until cool.
c) On each bird, bore a very small hole in one of the tips.
d) Sand, prime, and paint the tips (use masking tape to protect parts to remain natural).
e) With thin nylon strings, bind each bird from its wing tip hole, to the center of the next bird by a loop.
f) The top bird also has a nylon string bound to its center, and ended by a small loop to be later hooked to the ceiling.
To look more like seagulls, I should have painted the body white, but I wanted to leave the wood as natural as possible. Just a matter of taste...
Step 3: Install Hook
The hook was held into the vise jaws; the hook was screwed into the ceiling (fortunately made of wood) by twisting the wood bar from under; the hook was finally released by means of a rope knotted to the vise level: pulling the rope would lead the jaws to open.
Step 4: Hang Mobile and Enjoy
That's it, enjoy the slowly ever changing configuration, and moving projected shadows on the walls.