Monday, 7 November 2011

Largerphone - Tuesday Treasure

A jingly banger stick made with beer caps is called a lager phone -
i guess its a play on the word xylophone.
I found a wicket stump on the beach when walking and carried it home thinking I could use it for something.
I have issues with beer caps being left randomly where they fall when a beer is opened in the house, they get stuck in the vacuum and now recently Lil' miss grabby hands loves ittle things like that.
My passive aggressive streak likes to re-home said beer caps by posting them in the guitar sound hole and random shoes or in a pocket of the car to make an irritating rattle. Beer caps are very difficult to get out of the acoustic guitar.
I decided a more positive thing to do was to collect them, recycle and reuse them.
I remember playing with a rattly beer cap shaker in my childhood, so thought we could make one.
I pondered holes and how to make them once i had enough offending beer caps. Decided that we would try brute force.
Bang holes into caps, We used a big roofing nail to do this. Dylan totally enjoyed this part talking about the colours of the caps and organising them into groups as he banged holes in them.
I bravely held the nail while he used the hammer - his accuracy astounds me. He has had plenty of practice just banging nails into wood.
Then use a smaller nail to attach the caps to the wood so they will be free to move more. Don't put too many on your nail they need room to move. I put a different amount of caps on each nail.
We discovered that the wood on the stump split when we hit it, i wonder if a broom stick would have been a better choice. we changed our tactic to pre drill / tap the holes first then bang the nails with caps on into the wood.
leave a gap at the top of the wood for hands to hold.
Bang it on the ground so its a percussion instrument and or hit it with a stick and bang the ground.

noni x

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  1. What a cool idea - I've never seen an instrument like that! I would love for you to come link it up at my TGIF Linky Party tomorrow - I am also your newest subscriber. I would love for you to follow me back, if you like =-)

  2. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase



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