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Bird whistle - What's it made of?

In alot of turist attracions I saw these flat cardboard bird whistle like these:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHejLm7Lf_w
They are made of a cardboard washer folded in half and clamped with a metal washer.  In the middle of the cardboard there's a semi translucent film, that actually makes the whistling sound.  What is it made of?  Is there an ible on how to make these whistles?
THANKS!


rickharris3 years ago
This might hep the HOW

It looks like you answered you own question as to what it is made from.

this might best answer the how to make a similar one
Morgantao (author)  rickharris3 years ago
The 1st link shows where to buy the whistles, and how to use them...
I'm more interested in MAKING my own.
Also, I don't know what the most important part is made from, just that it looks like a thin translucent paper. But it's not paper...
The 2nd link you posted shows a different kind of whistle, which is new to me, so thanks for it!
Perhaps not on the link I gave you but else where it says they are made from a circle of cardboard, a metal ring and a small bit of cow gut !!!

However I think you may get similar results with some thin plastic perhaps from a shopping bag or other plastic bag. The metal ring is just to stretch the gut over so could be anything stiff and the card outer is designed to get wet so it conforms to the roof of your mouth and sticks there. Cereal box card should do a similar task.

i haven't tried to make one (yet)
Morgantao (author)  rickharris3 years ago
Ah, cow gut. That I didn't know. I suppose you're right about using any thin plastic as the membrane, as long as it's streched enough.
If you look at this link: http://www.originalbirdwhistles.com/bird-whistle-product-details.htm you can see they use something almost totaly transparent, like clear plastic (maybe saran wrap).
Oh, and they also use plastic as the base material instead of cardboard, so it may not conform to the toof of your mouth, but it also won't get soggy.

If you do make one, be sure to make an instructable of it :)
Honetzugi11 months ago
THE BIRD WHISTLE.

This instrument, also known as the prairie whistle, is clearly shown in our illustration. It is constructed as follows: First, procure a piece of morocco or thin leather. From it cut a circular piece one inch and a quarter in diameter. Through the centre of this disc, cut a round hole, one-third of an inch in diameter. A semi-circular piece of tin is next required. It should be of the shape of an arc, as seen in our illustration; its width across Figure 51 the ends being about three-quarters of an inch, and its entire length being pierced with a row of fine holes. Next procure a piece of thin sheet India rubber or gold beater's skin. Cut a strip about an inch in length by half an inch in width, and lay one of its long edges directly across the opening in the leather disc. Fold the leather in half (over the rubber), and draw the latter tightly. Next lay on the arc of tin in the position shown in the illustration, and by the aid of a fine needle and thread sew it through the holes, including both leather and rubber in the stitches. When this is done, the whistle is complete. If the gold beater's skin is not attainable, a good substitute may be found in the thin outer membrane of the leaf of a tough onion or leak, the pulp being scraped away.

Page 75 To use the whistle, place it against the roof of the mouth, tin side up, and with the edge of the rubber towards the front. When once wet, it will adhere to the roof of the mouth, and by skilful blowing, it can be made to send forth a most surprising variety of sounds. The quack of the duck and the song of the thrush may be made to follow each other in a single breath, and the squeal of a pig or the neigh of a horse are equally within its scope. In short, there is scarcely any animal, whether bird or quadruped, the cry of which may not be easily imitated by a skilful use of the prairie whistle, or, indeed, as it might with propriety be called, the "menagerie whistle."

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17093/17093-h/17093-h.htm
Burf3 years ago
I'm not sure what that on is made of, probably plastic similar to that used in clear plastic bags, however, when I was a kid, my dad used to make them for me and he used sausage casing for the flexible membrane.
I had to let it soak in my mouth for a minute or two for the saliva to soften it up.
Burf Burf3 years ago
I forgot to mention, the larger outer portion was made of a thin piece of leather.