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How to make a PVC ocarina

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In this instruructable you will learn how to make a PVC ocarina!
From wikipedia;
The ocarina ( /RkY�rument.[1] Variations do exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is often ceramic, but other materials may also be used, such as plastic, wood, glass, clay, and metal.

I have searched high and low across the Internet and found no instructions on how to make an ocarina other than clay.
So as far as I know this is a first so bear with me.

here is a vid of how it sounds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3kRODjEzX0
 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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Materials:
(1) 6" piece of sch 40 1 1/4" PVC
(2) 1 1/4" plugs (I had to use a reducer and a plug)
Possibly CA glue ( crazy glue) , I didn't need it

Tools:
Sand paper 100 and 220
steel rule
unibit
various files
pencil
saw
1/2" & 1/4" chisel
unibit or drill bits
drill

Step 2: Modify the plugs

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 cut the flanges off of the plugs, or reducer in my case (and put the plug and reducer together if you needed to get both)
And yes clean up the cut part with a file or some sand paper.

Step 3: Mark the pipe

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make a mark on the pipe the same size as the plug.

Step 4: Marke the window and fipple

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right behind where you made the mark, draw a rectangle 1/2" X 1/4" and 1/2" X 1/2" behind that.

Step 5: Making the fipple

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using the 1/4" and 1/2" chisel (or power tools) cut out the 1/2" X 1/4" rectangle
then make the 1/2" X 1/2" square into a ramp with the apex at about 1/64"

Step 6: Making the airway

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first mark a 1/2" wide path on the plug
then use a chisel or 100 sandpaper or a file and file the side that you drew flat (indicated by the red lines), it should be 1/32" deep
then about 1/2" down carve a deeper ramp as indicated by the blue lines and red arrows.
then sand with 220 to make is smooth
nerd974 months ago

My grade is doing a project on building recycled instruments. Thank you for saving me from being forced to make a banjo out of a pizza box. Ah, Zelda, I will play your lullaby.....

where did you get the parts from? and could you tell what the exact measurements of the pieces are?
jtx862 years ago
Roughly, what are the diameters of the finger holes?
BBFNN2 years ago
can you make it more holes? how will it affect the sound? what if it longer or shorter?
harmsc12 BBFNN2 years ago
A longer or wider ocarina will have a deeper sound, for one, which means a shorter or smaller one will have a higher pitch. As far as the holes go, you can put in as many as you want as long as you have a tuner and know what fingering layout you want. The notes are even affected by how hard you blow into it, as I learned while testing my tuner program on a clay ocarina I had laying around.
Omegablood (author) 3 years ago
Added wav files to all the ocarina instructables
Thanks again Rimar.
rimar20003 years ago
Good work!

Can you add a MP3?
Omegablood (author)  rimar20003 years ago
the u tube link has a sound sample, I don't know how to play just yet.
Sorry, I had not seen the link to Youtube.

Here I attach a wav (very poor) I did with the Windows Sound Recorder. I think it must function here. I tried to convert your Youtube to MP3 but something went wrong.

MP3 or WAV are easy to build today, you can do it using a notebook or desktop PC, digital camera, digital recorder, a digital player / recorder, tablet PC, etc,etc.
Omegablood (author)  rimar20003 years ago
How do you attach a wav file? That would be better than posting a youtube link. :)
Using "Upload Image". As simple as this!
Omegablood (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Wish I had known that sooner, that was easy! ;P
Thanks Rimar.
Kiteman3 years ago
Gosh, how did I miss this when you published it?

Well done!
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