Step 2: Prep Time

Start by cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover on a cotton ball. This will  help the paint adhere better and last longer. Using either a ruler/straight edge or a thin paperback book and your fine-tip Sharpie, trace the lines of each black piano key. The pattern is three keys, two keys, three keys, and so on. Leave a space the width of a key between each block of three and two.
<p>Nice! &gt;^.^&lt;</p>
<p>Thank you for your wonderful tutorial! I too took a purse and remixed your Instructable to create my own upcycled purse.</p>
This is brilliant!
kinda neat well im a guy so i stick to pocket sized wallets back packs or messenger bags so a purse or clutch is not my thing but it would be so much cooler if you could play it <br> <br>
It would be simple to buy a cheap toy keyboard and put the switches for the keys inside. There are Instructables for making fabric pressure sensors that could function as the keys.
Thanks, D.W. - that's brilliant, though it's totally out of my crafting/electronics league!
I'm totally unable to make it, but this is an awesome idea.
You might be surprised, Y! If you can sew (which it looks like you can from your cute little coffee cutlery roll), then painting a quick little project shouldn't be <em>any</em> problem for somebody so talented! :D
The piano key arrangement is incorrect, though. The black keys on a piano are in sets of 2, 3, 2, 3, etc. You have 1, 2, 2, 3, 1. The one black key alone is fine, that can happen at the bottom or top end, but two sets of 2 would never happen.
Thanks for letting me know, j. To be totally honest, I just drew some lines to get the idea of a piano across, but next time I'll look it up to be more accurate, as you make a great point!
Very clever. You're on fire lately!
Thanks - I've obviously been away from Instructables for way too long, I suppose! It's good - and very good motivation - to be participating again!

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