For The Illusion, the designer wanted wireframe umbrellas during the rain sequence. I experimented with several options including modifying traditional umbrellas, but building them from scratch was the best solution.
This is the research I was given for the look of the umbrellas.
ch of the 8 spokes was welded to the center rod, then bent down around a wooden jig. The curved pieces were then welded in between each of the spokes to mimic what would be the edge of the fabric.
The shaft was then inserted into a pre-drilled hole in an existing umbrella handle and fastened with two sheet metal screws.
After spray painting them to match the hoop skirts, they were complete.