In an earlier post, Kaleidoscopes took center stage. This kaleidoscope was the inspiration for them all. For the end wall of the flower show room, I thought it might be fun to have a kaleidoscope too.
First find your circle! Easier said than done. PVC was on my mind – think large hula hoop – as I wanted a 4’ diameter. Unfortunately hula hoops don’t come that big. On youtube there are several ways to heat and bend PVC. However in my basement were two hollow pipe/poles that came inside a shipment of rugs which turned out to be fairly easy to bend slightly with just a little pressure.
On the wall of our porch is a iron wheel rim. The poles cable-tied with the sunshine warm them up to relax into the shape. After three days (and no more sunshine or even warmth) I removed them from the ‘form’. Online there are formulas for the circumferences of circles (faster than pi).
OK, I know it made a rather misshapen circle, but I went with it and on it, stretched old plastic fence mesh like a drum. Once the center was marked with tape, it was really obvious how out of sync the shape of the circle was. Following a quick sketch of a pattern of symmetrical shapes, ribbons were woven to complete the design.
Anthuriums (www.greenpointnurseries.com) from Hawaii were so huge and gorgeous that I added more and more, overlapping the yellow and blue center. It made a nice punctuation on the end wall of the flower show.