I build this as a birthday gift for my wife.
The jiggling flower shows the unbridled and raw force of our nature and elements.
This version carries as a result of the bloom flower form the name Key Flower.
First of all take a look on this video to see enchanting effect of this flower.
Step 1: Parts List
- Waving Flower
- Brass Cover Plate for a Keyhole
- Burner Cover of an brass Oil Lamp
- small and short Brass Tube
- Brass or Tin pot
- Wooden Plate
- Wood Stain
- A larger solar panel (more powerfull)
Step 2: Dissemble and Build the Leaves
First of all dissemble all parts of the flower.
Cut the leaves as short as possible but left a short part over who you can glue the brass leaf on.
Cut the keyhole out of the cover plate in the same diameter of the burner cover of the oil lamp.
The rest is your leaf…
Bend the leaf in a nice curved form. You can use the old plastic leaf to proof your success.
If you are happy glue the brass leaf on the plastic part.
Step 3: Build the Bloom
I glue the round cut keyhole into the cover of the oil lamp which normally fits the glass cylinder.
To close the backside I glue a clock gear on.
I bend the Brass pipe in a nice curved form and solder it on the clock gear of the new bloom.
Now it is very important that you find the right balance of the complete part!
You see on the picture that the finished bloom stand well balanced on a 4mm thick brass pipe.
Step 4: Fit the Leaves
To fit the leaves and find the right balance is the hardest part in this project.
I spend nearly 5 hours to make it work!!!
So get a big cup of chamomile tee for your nerves…
When you stick the leaves in the cabinet you will recognise that they will too heavy and hang down right and left.
Now you glue so much plumb on the old weight (big socket) to get it again in a nice swinging balance…
In the end it was sometimes too much if you glue a milligram big plumb on…
And yes I was angry and was nearly there to throw it out of the window.
If you reach this state and you don’t destroy your work you may have luck and finishes this punishing work…
Step 5: Complete It!
If you are reach this step you are a far better and stronger men than before!
Now glue the bloom on the middle weight.
You must fix it in the middle position because this part is really too heavy to get it balanced.
Then I remove the old small solar panel on change it against a bigger one.
After this I cut a round plate out of my wooden plate only a little smaller than the diameter of my tin can.
I cut also a hole for the flower in.
I use wood stain for a better colour an then I screw the complete flower cabinet under the plate.
At least I mount the solar panel on the plate.
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Let the plate loose because if your tin can stands not on a plain base you can lift the plate on the right side to get the leaves again in a good balance. You will recognise that the leaves will stop waving if you lift the plate only a few millimetres… it is really a small range in which the leaves waving good…