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Musical Bracelet

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In this instructable I will show you how to make a bracelet, that can be played by a music box. Are you looking for a personal gift or a fun activity with kids, than you've come to the right place.

I usually don't wear jewellery, except for bracelets and a few pieces that I've gotten from Mrballeng (because let's face it, his stuff is amazing). So after thinking back and forth on how to make bracelets more interesting I came up with this idea.

So get a "Make Your Own Music Box Kit" and let's get started. I've collected a few different ways how to make the bracelet, in order for you to decide which one you like best.

You can listen to the Tetris music played here:

Thanks a lot to Alex (ahahn-1) for helping me out with the musical theory!

Please vote for me, by clicking on the "vote" icon in the top right corner of this page, should you like this ible.
 
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Step 1: How to transpose a song

Picture of How to transpose a song
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The music box I use has 15 notes, so it can play 2 octaves. You can of course use a bigger one, but remember that you bracelet will become a lot wider. Your box might come with instructions, mine didn't so I figured I give you a quick explanation on how to use it.

Since the music box does not play any sharps or flats (it plays only the white notes on the piano) you will most likely have to transpose (change the key of) the musical piece you would like to use it with. To modulate a song to a different key the circle of fifths (wikipedia) is a great help. If you take a look at the first picture, you can see that in our case we will have to use either C major, or A Minor, since those are the two keys without any half tone.

If you know how to do it, than you can transpose the song yourself. Luckily for everybody else, there are a number of programs out there that can do this for you.
I've used forte 4 free, which you can download here. If the "Element Pallet" is not shown click on the small icon I have marked in the second picture, to make it visible. Simply add the notes of the piece you would like to play.

So let's assume, that you have one , taking a look at the circle of fifth tells you, that you are dealing with F mayor or D minor. It is a perfect fourth (wikipedia) from F to C. Meaning, that it is encompassing a musical interval of four staff positions or five half tones. So in order to transpose it, you will either have to go four staff positions down or a perfect fifth up. In forte 4 free this can be done by clicking on "Actions" and then either on "Transpose by Interval" or "Transpose by Key".


If you are interested in using your own sheet music from computer games, check out this awesome site.
poofrabbit8 months ago
This is very cool well done!! And gratz on the recent win!
Congratulations on the Second Prize!
BrittLiv (author)  emilyvanleemput8 months ago
Thank you! I am really sorry, that you didn't win, I thought your rings were extremely awesome. Please don't be discouraged, your stuff is great and always very well presented! I am sure, that you will win soon.
Thank you :)
Awesome ible! I'd like to make one, but It might take me ages! (also need help from a music expert!). Great work BrittLiv!
legless9 months ago
Your last paragraph might as well have been written in Russian. You lost me at "So". I know nothing about music theory.
BrittLiv (author)  legless9 months ago
Sorry, I know it is not easy. I linked to the different wikipedia articles for people to get deeper into musical theory.
thanx, very nice :)
Ok. Thats cool, but where do i get a music box like that.. ?
BrittLiv (author)  andersonsuldis9 months ago
E.g. on amazon.com. I got mine from ThinkGeek, but they don't seem to have it anymore.
flyingpuppy9 months ago
And you can send coded messages with these based on what tune you choose. : ) Brilliant! Voted!
BrittLiv (author)  flyingpuppy9 months ago
Thank you! Having it a open a jewellery box, once a certain tune is played would be awesome!
Tracy_Marie9 months ago
Ok! It worked now. Voted it up in all three. It did not show when I clicked from the message screen. It did not show when I clicked on it from the email "featured list". But when I went to your name link, then saw the list of projects you have done, and I clicked there, it Finally loaded the list.
BrittLiv (author)  Tracy_Marie9 months ago
Wow, thank you for going through all that trouble! This means a lot!
Tracy_Marie9 months ago
I put this in my collection. I can't seem to Vote. It reads "contest entry in: " and no catagory is listed. I think you need to place it as a Contest Entry if you want us to vote for your creation. I think it's cool. It could go in both the Jewelry and Toy catagories. Good luck.
BrittLiv (author)  Tracy_Marie9 months ago
Hi, thanks a lot! That is really weird, I've entered it in the "Musical Instrument", "Jewelery" and "Craft contest".
I can see it in all of them. Would you so kind and go to the individual pages? I would really appreciate it!
itge139 months ago
for worldwide shipping:
(for switzerland 30$ instead of 50$ at amazon)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kikkerland-DIY-Instrument-Happy-Birthday-Song-Music-Box-/350734649135
lindarose929 months ago
This is such a cool idea, I love it!
BrittLiv (author)  lindarose929 months ago
Thank you! And thanks for featuring it!
It's really well deserved! :)
Honus9 months ago
This is crazy cool!
HollyMann9 months ago
You're amazing!!! :) Awesome!!!
BrittLiv (author)  HollyMann9 months ago
Thank you Holly, so are you!
snoopindaweb9 months ago
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btw I have added you here http://www.instructables.com/id/Unusual-DIY-Jewelry/ in my collection
You are awesome :). Just love your projects, each outperforms the previous one.
Thank you so much for sharing.
astraknight9 months ago
I love this, it could be a good gift for my girlfriend
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