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Step 5: Going Further...

As I stated above, I used this technique to make a few didgeridoos. If you like this idea, there are many Instructables on making one. You just need PVC and bees wax for a mouth piece.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy!

What are the chances this is weatherproof??? I'm going to be making a chicken waterer with pvc and I love the idea of having it look like wood in the coop!!! Or is there a good sealant anyone suggests? I love this!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
<p>If you use oil paint, there will be a reasonable resistance to weather. But to give it a real kick-in-the-butt level of weatherproofing, there are TONS of great clear sealant sprays. Krylon makes several levels of clear sealants specifically for outdoor protection: water and UV. </p><p>I'm glad you like it! I only ask that you consider the safety of using certain chemicals when applying this technique around animals. I am not an expert here, I just love all creatures that swim, fly and crawl!! : ) </p>
<p>One of the most fantastic, simple and useful DIY's I have ever seen, thanks.</p><p>Ron Gordon Modesto, Calif.</p>
<p>Thanks for checking it out!! Use it wisely!!! </p>
Hey. Awesome tutorial. I am in the middle of making a replica staff for cosplay weaponry. Although i have skimmed through the comments, i couldnt actually see how much paint you used on your digeridoo. My staff is 1.5m long and 40mm in diameter. How much paint do you think i may need?
<p>Hey Nick. Great Staff. Can I ask what you added to the end to make it look solid?</p><p>Thanks</p>
Thanks Eric. I made two staffs. One 40mm pipe with 32mm plumbing end caps sanded down. The other 32mm pipe with round 32mm blanking caps bought from ebay, again sanded down. I made a quick tutorial on my fb page @nickdcosplay. Although the tutorial here is much the same! Hope this helps.
<p>Hey NickD! Honestly, just wipe it on! Put a small dab on a rag and work it in. Reapply as it starts to thin out. If you're using oil color, a little goes a long way. Make sure you work it into the grooves as well... an easy way to do this is to rub the oil &quot;sideways&quot; into the groves... around the staff horizontally. But finish by wiping the oil rag vertically to simulate the grain of the wood. A regular size tube of oil paint (like the one pictured in my instructable) could make 10 staffs, maybe more. </p><p>Also... the more pressure you use in wiping it on, the thinner and lighter it will be. This can work in your favor by helping you achieve an organic look. Apply layers for darker tones. AND!!! If you use oil, give your paint a week to dry. Put it somewhere with moving air and try to hang it so it's not touching anything.</p><p>So, in the end, to cover your staff, you'll use about 1 teaspoon of oil paint. But i'm sure as soon as you start painting, you'll see exactly how much you'll want to use.</p><p>Good luck, let me know if you need more help. I'd love to see the staff when you're done!!</p>
A big thank you for this tutorial. My staff has turned out amazing! My cosplay friends are in awe of my quick and simple build! Now the boring bit of watching paint dry! After its dried out, ill apply a layer of lacquer to seal it. Ill post a pic of it shortly.
<p>I made a beautiful rain stick with these easy to understand instructions. THanks for sharing</p>
<p>That looks awesome!!! How's it sound? Could you post a vid with audio maybe?? Pleeeeease???</p>
<p>Thanks, It sounds Great!!! I will try to make a short video. How do I post it ?</p>
<p>Hmm... yeah, I didnt think that through. I dont think you can, just photos. Well, if you ever throw it to youtube or facebook, send me a link. Otherwise, Thanks for reading! I'm glad it worked for you!! Great job again.</p>
<p>Everyone that sees this rain stick can't believe it was made from a PVC pipe. It looks just like wood. It was so much fun to make and thanks again for the wonderful instructions. If I make a video, I'll make sure you see it somehow :)</p>
<p>You're welcome! Hey, how about a mini-ible!? What did you use as the inside spokes, loose material and caps of the rain stick? Just curious. </p>
<p>A Mini-ible .... I love it !!! </p><p>I drilled completely through a 3-foot long PVC pipe (more than a hundred times) and pushed bamboo kabob skewers through the holes. Most were a bit loose so I glued them with wood glue. A bit messy but it worked. Clipped the excess length and re-glued if necessary. Then I lightly sanded the entire pipe with an electric sander until smooth. As you instructed, marred the surface with a wood file then sanded lightly and painted it with Burnt Umber oil paint. After it dried 24 hours later, I filled the pipe with 1 1/2 cups of rice, peas and beans until I liked the sound. I also added about 50 2-inch long bamboo kabob skewers to the mix to help slow down the progression of the rice, peas and beans. Capped both ends with corks that I found at the local craft store. </p><p>I hope this helps. It was a very easy project and I might even make a few more :) </p>
<p>Karen - good idea :-). One question : did you position the skewers so that they were attached on both sides of the pipe. Or just one hole that you pushed the sewer through. Seems like one hole would offer better sound, but 2 holes would be more secure. I can experiment, but I am just curious what technique you employed. Thanks!</p>
<p>Hi FastF4, I drilled completely through the pipe and pushed the skewer through both sides of the pipe. It does make it more secure that way. If you make one, please post it up. I would love to see it :) :) </p>
<p>Thank you for taking the trouble to reply Karen. Useful to know. I might try both approaches just to see. And I thought maybe I would try a BASS rainstick. Have to visit my local HD and see what they have for pipe. Your idea to add 2&quot; pieces of skewers is brilliant.</p>
<p>Your welcome. The 2&quot; pieces help to slow the bean down and it sounds wonderful. Please post a pic if ya make one :)</p>
Hi Karen. Will you please tell me about the mixture of materials you put inside of the rain stick? What did you use and about how much of each? I am so impressed with yours. Thanks.
<p>Thanks Rachel, I used 1 1/2 cups of rice, peas and beans until I liked the sound. I also added about 50 2-inch long bamboo kabob skewers to the mix to help slow down the progression of the rice, peas and beans.</p>
Thanks for your reply Karen. I can't wait to give this a try.
<p>Thanks Rachel, I used 1 1/2 cups of rice, peas and beans until I liked the sound. I also added<br> about 50 2-inch long bamboo kabob skewers to the mix to help slow down <br>the progression of the rice, peas and beans. </p>
<p>make that 'skewer' not sewer ;-)</p>
<p>That's Fantastic! You really should write this up and post it! You got all the pics done and everything. (I like your drill press btw, I'm eyeing up a few I want for my maker-space.) Thank you so much for letting me know about this!! </p>
<p>Your welcome. I've been wanting a drill press and found this one for fairly cheep $70</p>
<p>Yes! Video please! </p>
<p>I love the collaboration here!<br>And now I have to buy twice as much pipe and paint... but bet that didge I was planning on working on tonight is going to sound awesome with rain behind it!</p>
<p>ooooh, post some pics please. And hope it brings some rain. I think I'm going to have to use my rain stick today for it's very dry here too. :)</p>
<p>Hi, is your video available on how you made rain stick? Thanks! --Jeff</p>
<p>Sorry, I never got around to making a video.</p>
<p>What do you mean by beeswax for a mouth piece? I am wondering because we are making a peace pipe for a Peter Pan play. Thank you.</p>
<p>When you make a didgeridoo, you make a bees wax ring to help make a good air-seal for your mouth. I dont think you'll need to worry about that for a Peace Pipe. But I'd love to see it when it's done!! </p>
Brilliant
<p>Thank you!!</p>
<p>have you done this on the joints that connect thhe pipe as well?, how did it turn out if you did?</p>
<p>I never tried it on the joints, sorry. I'm sure with a little persistence it would work out well, although I dont think the shape of the joints would look convincing as naturally occurring wood. Good luck if you try it. </p>
<p>I spose I could wrap the joints in jute or vine to make it look more natural, that might look better and be way easier</p>
<p>Hi! I was just wondering if this would work on other plastics? planning on making an ugly plastic toy look super cool with this tecinique!</p>
<p>I don't see why this wouldn't work. I've only used it on PVC and acrylic which are harder plastics than those of which toys are made, i.e. ABS or PLA. My advice is that if the toy is hollow plastic, take care in scoring so that you don't tear through the surface too much. You may also need a primer or base coat to get the wood colored paint to look the way you want, especially if the toy is a color other than white to begin with. Good luck!! </p>
<p>Would this technique work on an acrylic plastic? The plastic casing in the image is what I would like to make look like wood</p>
<p>Tesla, So... using the same exact method for PVC (using my favorite oil-paint as well), I did a quick proof-of-concept on a thin sheet of acrylic. The results are promising. Here's some take-aways: </p><p>Given the translucence of the plexi, you may want to apply an opaque backing to the plexi, or apply many layers of paint to the front.</p><p>Use a different heavy file or texture cutting method. The one I use for PVC is great for curved surfaces, not flat ones. (Perhaps a strait blade or even a scratching awl??)</p><p>Apply the wood texture to the acrylic before cutting the shapes and patterns out. If you use oil paint, set it aside for a week in an area with moving air. (I just love the results oil paint give, better than any other dye or paint others have suggested. Yes it is a long dry time, but worth it for the control-ability.) </p><p>I hope this helps. Work with it and see if it will give you the results you are looking for. </p>
<p>Nixie Tubes!!!! I love Nixie clocks etc. I have never tried this technique on plexi, however I don't know why it wouldn't work. It's worth an experiment. When I built an ATARI Punk Console, I built a case just like yours but covered it in printed wood texture paper with clear coat (to look like an old ATARI). </p><p>I have some plexi laying around... let me do some tests this weekend and get back to you. This may be a whole new level of versatility for this idea.</p>
Wow! I have surprised myself at this build! After realising that my cosplay staff was too thick (40mm), i started again with a 32mm pipe. 30 mins later..... and it was done!<br>After the paint is dry, i am going to apply a coat of lacquer to give it extra protection.<br>Thanks again.<br><br>PS.... follow this tutorial, you cant go wrong!
<p>can i use this outdoors? I want to make a bird feeder :) will the rain ruin it?</p>
Sure! There are a bunch of outdoor friendly spray protectors to apply to it. You could probably even choose between shiney and matte. Look for them in spray paint isle. Rust-Oleum makes a few.
Muito legal!!!!
<p>Obrigado</p>
<p>Excellent, I must try this one day.</p>

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