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3Doodle an Award-Winning Ocarina Using Creativity, Patience, and Mad Doodling Skills

by • February 3, 2016 • No Comments

lio6The 2015 3Doodler Awards have been revealed, and one of the runners-up, in the Mixed Media category, Carrie Michael, is sharing with us here how she made the winning Ocarina Lion. Michael’s create combines the ocarina, an ancient wind musical flute instrument, that is over 12,000 years old, and adds a talked of culture twist by that include a Game of Thrones-inspired lion head, representing House Lannister. The outcome is a colorful pendant that can in addition be played as a musical instrument–all hand-crafted by Michael and explained in additional detail here.

In Step 1, you require to pick an object that you can doodle over so you can manufacture the front of the pendant. If an ocarina has a tiny interior it can have a higher pitch, so you can select how sizeable or tiny your want the interior of your ocarina to be, controlling the pitch. A curved dome shape proves perfect for pitch, and so, if you can, select a tiny or medium metal gravy ladle as your object here. So you cover the form with painter’s tape, that the doodled plastic sticks to, and mark where the holes can be, darkening them with a marker. Holes should be far away of the voicing.


Next, you manufacture the ocarina’s skeleton with ABS plastic strands via the sizeablest nozzle in your 3Doodler set. Michael describes how to manufacture the holes:

“Make certain that every layer of plastic touches completely and leaves no holes for air to escape. Add extra plastic around the sound holes and use the edges of the nozzle to smooth around them to manufacture a effortless place for fingers to touch. Making the holes too tiny is advantageous than too sizeable at this point, for the reason they can always be carved sizeabler when tuning.”

lio3For thickness, you can doodle another layer over the initially layer via any color combination. This is your initially visible layer, so you want it to be really great and smooth without sharp edges (especially around sound holes). When you are joyous, carefully remove the initially doodle of the form (gravy ladle or whatever).

In Step 2, you manufacture the pendant clasp by taping over a round form. Michael utilized a jump ring mandrel, or you can use a pen or other round form. Draw your clasp shape and doodle over it, setting it aside for later. Steps 3 and 4 provide additional detailed directions for the airway stick and mouthpiece, and and so in Step 5 you find by yourself doodling the back of the ocarina. Add a tape layer to the same form you utilized for the front; if you are producing a 6-hole ocarina, you draw 2 holes (a 4-hole ocarina does not require extra holes).

lio4Step 5A is the many complex part of the entire project: voicing. This involves placing the sound hole precisely where you require it to whistle properly. You can read all of how to do this in Michael’s additional detailed instructions. In Step 6 you are putting all of the parts of the puzzle together, adding plastic, and cleaning up edges. Once all of this is established, you can have fun by adding embellishments like create additional details and stones.

Last but not very least, since this is a musical instrument, it requires to be tuned. You can do this by upcoming Michael’s additional detailed instructions in Step 8, that refer you back to Step 5A’s focus on Voicing.

After all of those steps, you won’t be sorry. The upcoming thing you understand you are skipping merrily through a field playing your 3Doodled Lion Pendant Ocarina without a care in the world!

You can in addition skip these steps and go right to Michael’s Etsy shop, where she retails this and other (that include custom!) ocarinas, pendants, and additional — this create goes for $250. Tell us your thoughts on this create in the 3Doodled Lion Pendant Ocarina forum over at 3DPB.com.