My project idea is a floating faucet fountain, where the water is leaving the faucet with nothing entering it. I have seen photos of similar design ideas but in a larger scale, which drove me to build a small floating faucet fountain that would add to the decoration of my apartment. I started to look up different procedures for building this design, and I was surprised by the simplicity of constructing it. Nonetheless, in most of the design that I saw, the base was not related to the aesthetic of the floating faucet which makes it less pleasing. Thus, I decided to choose my base (container) wisely to make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
The following are the main two goals that I had to achieve the desired design:
- Illusionism aesthetic: the first and most important goal was to make the fountain look unreal and eye catching.
- A base that matches with the design: as I mentioned above, I want to choose a base for the fountain that looks more pleasing than other projects I saw online
The only thing that I started to sketch at the beginning is the base design. At first, I thought of using an art deco bucket as shown below. However, I thought that a bucket might not be the greatest idea to use.
The basic idea of the project is to fit an acrylic tube in the faucet end, and drill holes at about 1/2 inch from the top. The water is then pumped through the acrylic tube using a small fountain pump. The water then leave from the holes, which will consequently cover the tube and make it look like it’s coming out of the faucet. I went to McGuckins to buy the materials I needed for the project, and I was able to get a garden faucet and a fountain pump. However, I struggled to find an acrylic tube of the size of the faucet. Thus, I started to look for acrylic tubes online, and I was lucky when I found an acrylic tube that is made for faucet fountains with the holes drilled on. I then decided to use a fish-shaped vase that I had for two years since I thought that the fish-shape could add a lot to my aesthetic.
Materials, Cost, and Budget
For this project, I was aiming for a budget of less than $100. While I was looking for small floating faucet fountains, I found out that some of them are sold for around $200. The materials along with the cost are listed below (shipping costs included):
- Submersible pump (~$16):
- Acrylic tube (~$18)
- Faucet (~$6)
- Fish-shaped vase (free)
- Total: $40
For this project, I didn’t need to do any manufacturing, however, I had to file the faucet a little bet to fit the acrylic tube perfectly. I initially wanted to drill holes through the base to feed the pump’s wire through, but it was a big challenge to drill a large hole through a ceramic vase, and I decided not to risk it.