Final Project (Pt1): Floating Faucet

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.

Goals

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 

Initial Sketches

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.

Ideas

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

Procedure

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.

Presentation

 

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8 Comments. Leave new

  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    Morgan Benninger
    May 8, 2019 4:28 pm

    This is a really creative design, and one I wouldn’t have thought of myself. I know I told you this in person, but I think it’d make a nice bathroom fixture.

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  • Hey Abdul, your project came out really convincing! It looks like the faucet is truly suspended in midair so well done! Was it difficult to get the right amount of water to flow out to make it look like a stream of water?

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  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    Jordan Nahabetian
    April 22, 2019 9:10 pm

    This project was executed well. The dynamic element takes it to the next level. I like how you balanced the weight not through the center, but through the weight of the whole.

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  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    Tanner Wismer
    April 22, 2019 1:38 pm

    Really cool project! The floating faucet really looks like it’s floating! That is pretty awesome that you were able to keep the budget as low as you did especially compared to project similar to yours. Good job!

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  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    Alexis Nibbelink
    April 22, 2019 1:22 pm

    Great final product. I liked how you incorporated many aesthetics such as the vase design tying into the water theme, a minimalist aesthetic, and the cool illusion.

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  • Hi Abdul,
    Nice job on your project! I love the illusion that it creates and I think your construction of the overall faucet was really well done. It’s amazing how something like this can cost more than $100 online. Anyways, do you plan on implementing any of the improvements you mentioned?

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  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    Chris Mcfadden
    April 22, 2019 1:14 pm

    I really liked this project. Honestly might make one for myself. I thought it was interesting that you used the vase as an aesthetic to tie back to the water theme.

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  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    Andrew Oliver
    April 22, 2019 1:14 pm

    Hello Abdul, you did a great job with your project. Your final project came out fantastic, and you did a great job of applying the minimalistic aesthetic to your project

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