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Topic: Help! Suggestions on how to duplicate this only smaller  (Read 487 times)
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« on: June 24, 2014 08:52:24 PM »

I want too put something like this in the corner of my new store.  Much smaller scale and of course, I have no welding skills.  I was thinking stiffed fabric, paper mache or something.  Needs to be lightweight and cheap to make.  Any suggestions?

http://fabricarchitecturemag.com/repository/4/5019/large_1109_f2_6.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2014 03:33:15 PM »

Fabric with wire in the edges? 
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2014 09:36:51 AM »

I found some small drain tube and put 12 gauge (biggest I could still bend).  I made the leaf 6 feet long and the wire and tubing combo is still too flimsy.

I looked up how to bend pvc pipe so I'm trying that next.

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2014 01:12:28 PM »

Oooh, keep us updated!  I'd love to see how it turns out.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2014 05:06:29 PM »

OMG 3 hours later and I have 1 lumpy leaf frame sort of done (no braces or ends glued together).  I have got to find an easier way to bend the pipe.  I've been using a heat gun and sand filled pipes but it takes forever and you can only do about 3 in at a time.  There's a thing called a Pipe Viper that's basically a spring that you insert and then bend the pipe cold but I can't imagine being able to bend anything with a long arch.  I know I feel road hard and put away wet...

More research....
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014 11:49:48 AM »

How much smaller are you talking?

If it's only going to be around 5ft tall, papermache or stiffed fabric would be easier and cheaper than your current efforts.
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