Around mid-October I got news of a steampunk/Shakespeare-themed Halloween party being planned at the local University. It was put on by a student organization, and they needed decorations for the celebration. I decided to pitch in something that I would enjoy planning and building -- the hope was that it would add the ambiance of some mad-scientist steampunkery to the room.
The general idea was to design something that Shakespeare would have in his office were he a steampunk mad-scientist.
I have a thing for geodesic shapes so the idea came to make a geodesic terrarium to go in the room. It was to be a dome originally.
I wanted to add fairies to the terrarium alongside the mystical vegetation.
Then some costumes my sister and friend were looking into inspired me to make the fairies from A Midsummer Night's Dream as a central theme of the terrarium.
Eventually I couldn't help myself and I chose to make it a complete geodesic sphere, whith sculpted clay fairies and light effects all over the inside landscape.
I am sure that the Bard would be proud to have the fairy cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream in his laboratory terrarium -- assuming, of course, that he were mad, a scientist, steampunk, and also pleased himself by keeping fairies stuck in a sweet geodesic display.
I can see it being a subject for an intirely different play.
In any case I hope you enjoy the instructable, and can take something useful from it for your builds.