In six weeks I had a working prototype. Six weeks later, a patent was pending. I took impressions of real live lily pads for the shape. A year later I had what you see in the photos. I put a copper strainer in it, because algae does not grow on copper. The first 200 were made by hand, in the garage and kitchen. I researched, designed, molded, tested, and produced it. I poured the part in rubber molds, which had to be made from scratch too. They were a little bit crude, but it was still the best there was. No one was making anything like it. Last year we bought injection molds. They make a very nice product, much better than I could make by hand. |
It is only 1" deep and 6" in diameter. The plume peaks up to 15", on a good day, at high noon. It was originally designed for birdbaths. But, with that much height, it looks cute in pools and backyard ponds too. It does draw birds. Movement and rotation makes them curious. The falling water makes a nice tinkle sound, as you can hear in the video. Kids wave their hands over it, to cast a shadow. One young lady described it as "dumb entertainment." A journalist mentioned it in an article.