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Ever since "Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time" came out, everyone associates ocarinas with Zelda and there fore, anyone interested in ocarinas is considered a die-hard Zelda fanatic!! There is alot more to Ocarinas than Zelda you know. With this Instructable, you can learn how to make wonderful masterpieces THAT SING!! And you will learn a little about the history of the Ocarina but that is besides the point...
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Step 1: The Clay

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Well, obviously you need clay to make a clay ocarina. It is possible to make it out of wood but that will come some other time when i have the time, money and patience... Ocarinas have been around since the stone age. Aztecs used them for ritual purposes.

Step 2: The Mold

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I made a simple, carrot shaped mold and with this, you just wrap the clay around and seal it up. The mold can be made by taking a large chunk of clay and rolling it out on a slant to make it a sort of "Carrot" shape.

Step 3: Wrapping the Mold

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Take a hunk of that Clay and flatten it out about and inch longer than your "Carrot" mold. It must be at least 1cm thick too. You have to make it wide enough to wrap around the mold and have a bit extra.

Step 4: Making the Mouthpiece

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While the main chamber of the ocarina is firming up around the mold, We are going to make the mouthpiece. Roll out a piece of clay how ever long you want to make the mouthpiece. Take a "slot stick" (i just use a Popsicle stick with the end cut off) and force it through the mouthpiece like in the picture. Shape it however you want. Ocarinas arent just made of clay. They can be made of wood, metal, plastic, or just about anything that can be molded and will hold its shape.

Step 5: Getting the mold out of the Ocarina

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Cut the mold in half lengthwise and pull the mold out of the ocarina body.

Step 6: Optional Step

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Look closely and notice the grooves put in the edge of the body halves. These help to grip the wet "slip" clay and make a proper seal.
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CalebP13 months ago

This doesnt really work. Im using the correct methods and items but after taking the mould from the clay, every thing just flops and doesn't work. Why?

MickeyM3 CalebP12 months ago

I think you didn't let the clay harden enough. I feel like this is a longer project, that takes maybe a week to do (for hardening/dry time).

mgandm55 months ago

Yo, I just wanted to know if it was okay if I used a few of your ideas in an ocarina I want to make for an instructables contest. It is really a lot different, but a few things on your ible are really useful for me (popsicle stick, etc.). I utterly failed at this in 8th grade so congratulations to you. I will definitely direct my readers to you ible, because it is really helpful and genius. I hope this is no problem.

P.s. Think of it a receiving inspiration for a song, then mentioning the inspiration in the lyrics (citing).

Laughing_Jack6 months ago

Thanks For The Instructions...I Got An A+ On Make A Interment In School. :)

mythra16 months ago
What sizes are the holes?
Master978652 years ago
I'm so confused, this isn't working. I'm trying to get it to make sound, but all I can hear is my breath through the hole.
Your mouthpiece hole is probably to far from the whistle hole
SharonGrace8 months ago
What kind of clay did you use?
Archer25001 year ago
Wait, is sculpey non toxic?
I believe its non toxic, but you should check the package first.
J-Five1 year ago

Even though at first I thought it was a liver.
Archer25001 year ago
Is it possible to make an ocarina out of sculpey?
Tangski2 years ago
ooops, saw the finger chart...since I make native flutes, I was wondering more about location of holes and tuning, or is it random to what ever shape? Since location and shape can mean it plays....or not, and some holes may mean nothing in the end for tuning purposes. Anyway, thank you for sharing this idea!
Tangski2 years ago
Ok, very nice. I take it this is a drone instrument with one sound? As I missed the hole placement. Also, the angle (sound ramp that splits the air so you get a tone) of the sound phipple is around 45 degrees? The angle of that measurement would help when building the mouth piece:)
One can also racqu fire these as well...put them into burning/hot smoldering sawdust...an old style fire method that has neat results for a finish.

can it be made from cold porcelain?
So where did the slip things go in steps 6-8?
Dr. Who4 years ago
can you make it any size? or that same size?
The size you make your ocarina will affect what key it's in, so if you make a large ocarina, it will be in a lower key than a smaller ocarina. I would suggest making a smaller ocarina though, because with wind instruments the lower the note, the softer you have to blow, making it easier to play instruments in higher keys
lordhazzard7 years ago
it is also possible to make a pinch pot ocarina, its a lot easier, and your can really play with the design, you can also just take a completely solid block of clay, mold it into your shape, cut it in half and remove the inside. I've been making ocarinas for a while now, so if you need any help, just email or message me!
How big are the finger holes? Also, where did the edges go in steps 6-8? One last question, ccan this be made if oven-bake clay? Sorry about all the questions, just want to get it right with minimal expenses.
I am in the middle of making an ocarina, and I am having trouble getting it to play high notes. Low notes come out nicely, but the higher you go, the more airy it sounds, until no sound comes out at all. On www.greenverdugo.com, it says to lower the mouthpiece so that it is closer to the lip of the voice box to get stronger high notes; but when I do that, the low notes become airy as well, or no notes come out at all.
ilpug3 years ago
This is awesome. I would love to see this with some terra sig art on it!
Don't paint it, glaze it :P

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to try to make this in ceramics class and hope that the teacher doesn't think it's a bong.
Javioca5 years ago
can it be made out of air dry clay
yep. I actually doubted that it could be done since air dry clay kinda sucks, but I was able to pull it off. I just had to be extremely careful, and also, keeping your hands moist might be a good idea.
bdoggy453 years ago
is the carrot shaped mold already hardden
FFVIIBOY5 years ago
Does yours make noise?
FunkNattidelic (author)  FFVIIBOY5 years ago
It does if you cut the voicing correctly,
If you follow all of the steps you should have a working instrument. =P
Cool, if it takes a few days to dry then i dont have the patience for this but ill make this eventually, im not very paitent. I never actually played ocarina of time but i hav phantom hourglass and i can play the original on this website but i cant save, yesterday i spent from 8 in the morning to 9 at night playin but somethin went rong with the computer and i lost ALL that stuff i did, i was so mad i almost fainted
i don't think anyone cares about your phantom hourglass story. . .
I dont even remember posting that Phantom Hourglass comment but yeah I used to always go on and on so things Im talking about make sense, but I dont really do that anymore, for example...
um7kay FFVIIBOY4 years ago
get a life?
FFVIIBOY um7kay4 years ago
why dont y- oh who am i kiddin your right
i have ocarina of time now on my computer but im stuck on the boss of the forest dungeon
im working on one now i couldnt get the voicing right
when you put grooves on clay to hold two pieces together its called scoring
builderkidj4 years ago
can we make one like the zelda one?
chompy9094 years ago
Does it have to be that exact size or can it be what ever size you want?
kowen4 years ago
Hey I was wondering if it is possible to do this with air dry clay? Or is it to brittle?
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