DIY Cabassa



My teacher asked me to make a musical instrument that made out of objects found around the house. I decided to make a cabassa. This works when your hand rubs against a string of beads and rubs against another material to produce sound.

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Step 1: Step 1: Aluminum

I took the aluminum and measured it around the cup and cut off how much i needed. I then Took a hot glue gun and glued it around the cup.

Step 2: Step 2: String

I took the circumference of three spots close to the wider end of the cup. I then cut three strands of string to fit around them.

Step 3: Step 3: Beads

I applied a pattern of small beads and Diamond shaped beads. The diamonds allow a scraping sound against the aluminum.

Step 4: Step 4: Apply Beads to Cup

Tie the beads in a circle. Put the biggest bracelet beads on the bottom and do the rest by size. Then tie all three together as a grip for your finger.

Step 5: Step 5: Decorate

I added puffy paint and sparkles anywhere that wouldn't affect the sound.

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