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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 2: The Mold

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 4: Making the Mouthpiece

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.
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Archer250012 months ago
Wait, is sculpey non toxic?
J-Five Archer25008 months ago
I believe its non toxic, but you should check the package first.
J-Five8 months ago
Cool!!!

Even though at first I thought it was a liver.
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.
As do I :(
Archer250012 months ago
Is it possible to make an ocarina out of sculpey?
Tangski1 year 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!
Cheers
Tangski.
Tangski1 year 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.

Thnks!
Tangski.
can it be made from cold porcelain?
So where did the slip things go in steps 6-8?
Dr. Who3 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
lordhazzard6 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.
ilpug2 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.
Javioca4 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.
yes.
bdoggy453 years ago
is the carrot shaped mold already hardden
FFVIIBOY4 years ago
Does yours make noise?
FunkNattidelic (author)  FFVIIBOY4 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 FFVIIBOY3 years ago
get a life?
FFVIIBOY um7kay3 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
builderkidj3 years ago
can we make one like the zelda one?
chompy9093 years ago
Does it have to be that exact size or can it be what ever size you want?
kowen3 years ago
Hey I was wondering if it is possible to do this with air dry clay? Or is it to brittle?
leon08623 years ago
im pissed the only clay i could find around town is freakin air dry and baking and they suck where can i find the good made clay >O<
furrie3 years ago
What size did you make the "carrot" ? or doesn't it realy matter?
JBowmanDIY3 years ago
does the hole go all the way through into the ocarina?
FunkNattidelic (author)  JBowmanDIY3 years ago
Yes,
It works kind of like a pan flute, the air is blown over the small hole and vibrates through the chamber. If you don't cut the hole all the way through, it won't make noise.
Devin2813 years ago
Thanks for the chart. Really helped when i made mine. Hahaha. I play in concerts now because of this instructable very well done :)
FFVIIBOY4 years ago
paint it blue and show a pic of it painted on the last step
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