A few years ago a local tattoo artist, world renowned, departed unexpectedly. One of his friends called my shop and asked, " Can you make a tattoo gun out of flowers?"
My first answer was, to be honest, I'm not sure let me google that image and call you back. Sometimes its not for lack of trying, but some things don't lend to practical interpretation with flowers being the medium. I googled, figured out some rough dimensions and called him back with a quote. He said, "Nope, I want it bigger than that" Ok, I can do that. The initial sketch:
He thought it was accurate and gave me the go ahead. The next step was to figure out 1.) how large to make it, 2.) what to design it out of, 3.) what I can use to support it
To figure out scale and proportion I did this:
I had to trace a full size version of this with a projector onto full size paper to make my "pattern", then carve and sculpt it out of the oasis sheets.
Once I had it completed carved out I used a cordless screw driver and drove screws through the back of the plywood into the back of the "gun". I had also used glue as a preliminary hold to adhere the gun to the board before using the screws. As you can guess it was extremely labor-intensive.
Then I started inserting flowers into the foam. Also I used black painted blocks of wood to support the gun on the plywood. This was very heavy and a great design loses everything if the mechanics aren't there to hold the arrangement in place.