After punching the clock at my rural library I spent several hours online, rephrasing endless searches and grinding the DIY community posts down to the ones that matched my idea.
I want to build an eight-sided pavillion that would contain an ornate two-way mirror which would slowly reveal a mask to the viewer, just as they’re looking at themselves in the trick glass.
Here’s my search history in a severely abreviated form — I won’t include every dead end encountered in the Net’s giant ant colony:
- routing wooden platforms for theatre flats
- metal channels for sliding doors
- Building a RenFaire booth
- Theatre sets made out of PVC tubing
- set design and construction
- kids playhouse made of PVC
- octagon made of PVC
- PVC frame for theatre flats
- Puppet 101: puppet stage
- decorating medieval pavillions
- medieval tents (image search) the Carlos V tent
- “PVC-made Fairy-Tale Fort!” (DIY instructions obviously written with Google Translate)
- U-Line honeycomb cardboard flats
I felt like a twitching Matrix character who’d been jacked into the Internet too long, but I came away with a plan for an 8-sided PVC frame for a canvas pavillion. My head crackled and popped for hours before I could finally wedge myself into a jittery sleep.