Introduction: DIY: Eric Clapton "THE FOOL" Miniature Guitar
Hi there, welcome to my very first Instructable!
This project was inspired by famous guitarist Eric Clapton and his famous psychedelic guitar, The Fool.
In this Instructable, I'll be teaching you how to make your own miniature replica!
Even though I've modeled it alongside a toy, please keep in mind that this miniature is very fragile and is not intended for play.
With that being said, let's get started!
- Tracing paper
- Acrylic paint
- Craft foam
- Tacky Glue
- Super Glue
- Hot glue gun
- Google Docs
- Pen & Pencil
- Nail file or sandpaper
- Sewing pin
- LOTS of patience
Step 1: Gather Reference Photos
Search the Internet for reference photos of the original guitar!
Step 2: Making the Guitar Body (Trace, Cut, and Glue!)
On a Google Doc (or any other related program), downsize an image of the guitar body (without the neck) to the size you'd like your guitar to be.
Then, using tracing paper and a pencil, trace around the shape of the guitar and cut it out.
Use the tracing paper cut-out as a template to trace and cut out several more out of some recycled paperboard. Then, stack and glue your layers together using Tacky Glue. I recommend using about three or four layers.
Step 3: Preparing the Frontside Design (Sand, Paint, and Sketch!)
Once the glue has dried, use a nail file or sandpaper to sand and smooth the edges. This step also allows you to sand the guitar to the shape of your liking if you weren't completely satisfied with the traced version.
Once sanded, paint a base coat on the guitar with white acrylic paint. Let dry.
Using a reference image, sketch out the design for the front of the guitar. During this step, focus on sketching where the colors will go instead of the details.
Step 4: Frontside Painting (Guitar Body)
Now, we can begin painting! I highly recommend looking at reference photos for guidance. You may also need to frequently mix colors to get the desired shade. Make any necessary adjustments.
Start in the top left corner, which is made up of warmer colors (red, orange, yellow, and brown)
In the first set of lines, paint in three different shades of brown acrylic paint, creating a distinctly layered gradient of lightest to darkest. Directly beneath it, paint in orange-red, orange, and fill in the rest (above the curve) with a light orange-yellow.
Next, move down to the bottom, which is made up of cooler colors (different shades of blue and green).
Starting at the left, paint a line of dark navy blue, gradually making it lighter by adding touches of light blue. Around the middle, the colors should start transitioning to a bluish-green, then ending in a light green.
Make sure to follow the same color sequence on the right side of the guitar, preferably with the same paint used on the bottom.
Step 5: Finished Frontside Paint (Background Colors)
Step 6: Frontside Painted Details
Using a toothpick, gently dot on white acrylic paint to create a cloud. This will be where the angel is seated.
Beneath the cloud, use another toothpick to apply yellow acrylic paint to be the flames. Let dry. Then apply red-orange acrylic paint on top of the yellow flames with a sewing pin (or toothpick).
Next, use yellow-orange acrylic paint and begin painting the angel! Practice on a piece of paper if needed.
Use another toothpick and dot on a mix of grey and yellow acrylic paint to create the wings. Use a tiny-tipped paintbrush and create a streak on each wing using yellow acrylic paint.
Use another toothpick with red acrylic paint and add the hair!
Paint the designated section for the tiny landscape with light blue acrylic paint. Use light green acrylic paint and a tiny-tipped paintbrush to paint the bottom half. To make the details, I recommend using toothpicks.
For the sun, place a dot of red-orange acrylic paint. For the mountains, paint tiny triangles of dark brown acrylic paint and add strokes of white for highlights. Apply white acrylic paint in a dotting pattern for the clouds.
Apply a stroke of yellow acrylic paint to be the road leading to the mountains. Use darker green acrylic paint to be the bushes. Finally, place white, light pink, and reddish-pink dots of acrylic paint to be the flowers.
Back to the Angel:
With a tiny-tipped paintbrush, add slightly watered down yellow acrylic paint directly above the angel's head, and above that, add slightly watered down brown acrylic paint. This is the angel's halo.
Use another toothpick with silver paint and very carefully paint on the triangle and rod that the angel holds.
Lastly, use a toothpick and yellow acrylic paint and place dots around the angel. These are the stars!
Step 7: Finished Result! (Complete Painted Frontside)
Step 8: Sketching the Backside Design
Flipping to the back, use a sharpened pencil to sketch the backside design.
Step 9: Backside Painting (Guitar Body)
Now we can begin painting the backside! Once again, I highly recommend carefully following the reference photos. I also recommend using a tiny-tipped paintbrush for this step.
Starting with the circle, paint the outermost part of the rim with a mix of blue, green, and grey acrylic paint. In the inner part of the rim, paint using bright green.
Inside of the circle, begin painting a distinctly layered gradient of red, orange-red, followed by orange, then a yellow center. Make sure to carefully follow the lines!
After you've finished painting the circle, begin painting the rest of the guitar according to your reference pictures.
Step 10: Finished Painted Backside
Step 11: Making the Neck (Sketch, Cut, Glue, Sand, Paint)
Since the detail in the shape of the head of the guitar is too tiny to pick up while tracing an image, we're going to sketch it instead. Make sure your guitar's neck is proportional to the body!
Sketch the guitar head and neck onto a piece of paperboard according to the image above, or to a reference picture.
Cut out your drawing and trace with a pen onto paperboard. I recommend between 2 or 3 layers. Stack and glue your layers with Tacky Glue and let dry.
Once dry, sand smooth with a nail file or sand paper. Then, add a base coat of white acrylic paint.
Lastly, slightly bend the head of the guitar back.
Step 12: Sketching Head and Neck Designs (Front and Back)
Using a sharpened pencil, sketch out the designs of the head and neck of the guitar (frontside and backside) according to reference images.
Step 13: Painting the Neck and Head (Frontside)
Paint the head of the guitar according to a reference picture.
As for the neck, use a piece of paper to make a guide for the frets. Clearly mark lines for the top of the head, beginning of the neck, and the end of the neck. Then, mark where each fret will go.
After, paint only the front and sides of the neck with black acrylic paint.
Using your guide, use a toothpick and silver (or grey) acrylic paint and paint a straight line across to make the frets.
Use your guide to mark where you want the position markers to go, then apply them onto the neck using a toothpick and silver/grey paint.
Step 14: Painting the Neck and Head (Backside)
Paint the backside of the neck/head according to reference pictures!
Step 15: Finished Head and Neck (Frontside and Backside)
Step 16: Glue on the Neck!
Use Super Glue to very carefully attatch the guitar neck directly on top of the guitar body!
Step 17: Final Details (Frontside)
For final finishing touches, we have to add the tone and volume controls, as well as the guitar's pickups.
To make the tone and volume controls, use a toothpick to add 4 thick dots of black acrylic paint over the painted flames. Next to the top left knob, use another toothpick and silver acrylic paint and place a dot. Do the same next to the bottom right knob, but instead with black acrylic paint.
For the details on the tone and volume controls, use a toothpick to add 4 smaller dots of gold acrylic paint on top of each dot of black paint. On the tiny silver dot, use a sewing pin or even thread to place a dot of black paint in the center. Do the same with the black dot of paint on the bottom right, but instead dot it with silver paint.
To make the guitar's pickups, flatten a piece of black craft foam and cut out two very tiny rectangles. Apply to the guitar with Tacky Glue, placing the first one a space away from the neck, and the second one a space beneath the first.
Take a piece of silver paper (or paint a scrap piece with silver paint) and cut out two smaller rectangles. Apply the silver paper to the center of the black craft foam. Then, take a toothpick and silver acrylic paint and place a dot on either side of the silver paper (on the craft foam). Above the first pickup, use a toothpick and black acrylic paint and add two dots.
Underneath the second pickup, take a tiny and thin rectangle of silver paper and glue it underneath. Then use a sewing pin and dot across the paper with black acrylic paint.
Lastly, move up to the head of the guitar and use a toothpick and silver acrylic paint to place dots where the tuning pegs go.
Step 18: Final Details (Tuning Pegs)
To make the tuning pegs is sort of tricky.
Heat up your hot glue gun and allow a small amount of glue to spill over the nozzle. Then, take a toothpick and use the very tip to gather an extremely tiny amount. As soon as the glue is on the toothpick, use your fingers to press the glue on the toothpick flat. (Since it is such a tiny amount, you most likely aren't going to burn yourself, but craft at your own risk)
Depending on the size of tuning pegs your going for, you may need to redo this a few times. Try to keep the size of each one consistent.
After the glue has dried (and you're satisfied with the size) cut off the very tip of the toothpick (see picture). Make 6 in total!
To attatch the tuning pegs, you'll need Super Glue. You can either use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to put them on.
Place Super Glue along the side of the guitar head. Then, take one of your tuning pegs and place it according to where the silver dots (the markers) are. Hold the peg in place until it dries! Repeat this process until you've attatched all 6 pegs.
Step 19: Very Final Details!
After all the pegs are securely attatched, paint both sides with silver paint!
On the guitar head's backside, use a toothpick and silver acrylic paint to add the tuning peg markers like we did on the front.
You can add a vibrato tailpiece as seen on the original Fool guitar by painting a silver rectangle with a toothpick on the bottom of the frontside of the guitar.
The very last detail is the output jack! Add a tiny drop of hot glue to the bottom of the guitar and paint with silver acrylic paint once dried!
Step 20: The Finished Product!
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them :)
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