This one stems from the fact that I now have to use masking tape across the top of my daughter's nappy for it to stay on! It's a home made percussion instrument. A finger drum.
It could take anywhere between an hour and a few days depending on how much time you have, how detailed you want it to be and how many interruptions you get!
Apologies if you have started already!
All I did for that bit was glue a strip of the same paper I used for the "skin" of the drum, the length of an A4 sheet and trimmed to fit. Then decorated with Texta, and another lot of my trusty old nail varnish! My partner has very wisely suggested using ribbon, and I may try that next time.
This is a fairly fragile object. If you put a lot of time into it and have become quite attached (not by way of glue I hope!) to it, I would not recommend giving it to children. Similarly, it has small pieces, so, in-case of breakage, I would not recommend letting small children play with it. Also any rowdy friend/partner you might have that has a tendency to "test" things, a little too hard, would be well advised to stay clear.
All that being said, if you tap very gently, it does make a lovely noise that would work well with a microphone, and when shaken becomes a very nice rattle.
By Banshee from Tasmania, Australia
I've never seen nor heard of such an instrument, but it's an idea to keep in mind for most anyone. I can envision many of them being made and decorated by and among a group of 6-8 yr. old children at a table, along with small various sized jars full of water at different levels for accompaniment with a metal spoon. Suddenly, a pint-sized home band to boost their morales and encourage a lot of laughter! I'd love to record it and play it back to them, too. What fun! God bless you. : )
Cute! would make a good school project.
Ok, first, love the idea. Second, couldn't you use stronger paper to make it more durable, or would that mess with the sound? Three, and most important, how DO they sound?
Also, love that you use the phrase, "work a treat."
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