Fast forward to the COVID years, and stress levels were high. So amidst the other things that help me find balance (woodworking, gardening, DIY projects, home improvement). This past spring I decided to start another stained glass project, and figured my garden could use a little color. My inspiration was something my mom sent me years ago as a possible project, and it has been living in my brain for all these years.
I started by obtaining an old bicycle. I took the front wheel and the fork off. After stripping the wheel of reflectors, the tube and the tire, and after cleaning up the wheel, I had the base for my project. The plan was to put glass pieces in the triangular sections ofthe wheel. Since all of the sections were the same shape, I made a cardboard template for the shape. And then I started cutting glass.
The thing that I enjoy about a project like this that takes months is that I have plenty of time to think about what the end result will be. Initially I was planning on cementing this into one of my garden beds, but as I was thinking about the end result, I eventually decided to cement the fork into a pot. This will allow me to move it around the garden as I decide where it will best fit.
As the cement was curing, I decided to top it with some beach stones that I had left over from a different project. The end result is a sun filtering wheel of delight!
So what do you think? Where would this go best? Next to a pool? In a garden bed? Under a tree? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.