Flaming Phoenix

This beautiful piece of contemporary art draws inspiration from the folklore of the mythical phoenix and its flames. We recommend a navy blue/black velvet background and golden/yellow thread. It is surprisingly easy to make. See the step by step instructions below.

Things Required

  1. A circular board of diameter 26 inches.
  2. 55 strong pins or nails and a hammer to fix the pins.
  3. Thread, strong enough to hold atleast 1kg of weight. You can choose color of your choice.

Optional efforts to make the art look better

  1. You can choose a nice velvet cloth or paint your board with a nice color for a good background

Now let's make this!

  1. Draw a circle of radius 12.5 inches from center of the board. Circumference is around 200 cms.
  2. Pick a starting point on the circumference, lets call it 0. Now starting from 0, keep fixing pins on the circumference of the circle at a space of 5cm till you finish pinning 35 pins down on the board. So if you number your pins, it will be 0, 1, 2, 3, ...33, 34.
  3. There will be a decent space of 20 cms lefts. Now starting from 34th pin, along the circumeference, start fixing pins with a space of 1 cm till you reach the point 0. Lets call these pins 35, 36,....55.
  4. There are 2 types of pins now: Those which are spaced at 5cms and others spaced at 1cm.
  5. Now tie the thread to 0th pin and pass the thread around the pins as per following rule:
    • For each pin from 35 to 55(i.e. the ones placed 1 cm apart), pass the thread starting from 0, around the pin and back to 0. For example 0->35->0->36->0->37->0...->54->0->55
    • Take the thread from pin 55 to 1. Starting from 1, repeat the process in the previous step like 1->35->1->36->1->37->1...->54->1->55.
    • Take the thread from pin 55 to 2. Starting from 2, repeat the process in the previous step like 2->35->2->36->2->37->2...->54->2->55.
    • Repeat the process for all the pins from 3rd to 34th as you did for 0th, 1st and 2nd pins.
    • If you did it right, the last segment of the thread should be from pin 34th to pin 55th. Now tie a knot at pin 55, cut off excess thread and you are done.