Upcycled Incense Waterfall Aesthetics

My plan for my upcycle project is to take some glass remnant from bottles or other trash to create a structure that takes inspiration from incense waterfalls. The general aesthetic of incense waterfalls is peaceful and serene especially when considered with the aromatherapy an incense may provide. Smoke tends to dance from pedals and collects in a basin, but there are many different styles. Sometimes these incense waterfalls can hold religious significance with imagery of Buddha. Examples of these incense waterfalls are shown below.

[1] https://www.peaceful-island.com/incense-burners/meditating-buddha-waterfall-incense-burner-handmade-ceramic-sitting-buddha-figurine-fancy-incense-holder-buddha-home-decor

[2] https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pure-Handmade-Ceramic-Waterfall-Backflow-Incense-Burner-Holder-Home-Decor-Aromatherapy-Decoration/924190054

[3] https://aromaticwaterfall.com/products/the-forest-aromatherapy-waterfall-incense-burner-for-gift-home-and-office?gclid=CjwKCAiAsOmABhAwEiwAEBR0ZowLvl_0WAu5ytrmVlPQONyVxQZl53I2Yw1B0BoFnhHmTn5pNwrXyxoC9dkQAvD_BwE


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  • Peter Geis
    Michael Burns
    February 7, 2021 3:22 pm

    These are some of my favorite pieces I have seen so far in blog posts for this course! Not only does the incense flowing act as a visual statement, but also the incense pooling is valuable. I would be fascinated to know the history behind these works of art and where they originated. looking forward to how you are going to make one with an upcycle twist!

  • Lovely! But I’m so puzzled. Smoke is usually warm and buoyant compared to room air. Why does this incense smoke spill down? Is it a special type of incense, or is there a little ultrasonic device that makes cold fog hidden inside?

    • The incense used in these waterfalls is definitely different than the typical stick incense. There is a hole in the center where a majority of the smoke escapes to and in the absence of a large environment for convection the smoke cools and falls out the bottom. Once the smoke leaves the incense is more dense than air and falls through the petals. It does takes a convex shape around the petals to prevent from ambient drafts from blowing the smoke away.


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