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« on: May 05, 2008 11:34:51 AM »

I played clarinet in high school, and started playing again this year.  I bought this one for $12.50 because itís a clunker that didnít work Ė perfect for upcycling!  The music store guy said it would cost a lot to fix.  Convinced that I was not ruining this 1950ís era instrument, I used Brasso cleaner to brighten the keys.  You would NEVER use Brasso for your clarinet.   After rubbing the keys down, I could play the lower register. AAARRGGHH!  This is the first time I was disappointed because something works!





My favorite part of this lamp?   Someone years ago put a piece of masking tape over a hole instead of getting a new key pad.  Isnít that cute?





I used a cedar fence post cap ($9.99) that I spray painted black for the base.  I made a channel so the cord can come out the back.  I bought a new lampshade for about $8, then used fabric adhesive to glue beautiful upholstery trim beading to it.  I used a basic lamp wiring kit.

I have a silver clarinet to turn into a lamp next, with a great bright red shade.  Lamp making is addictive!  I was inspired in January by the Swanky Clarinet Lamp posted here on Craftster by RaeRaggs!

 
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008 11:50:13 AM »

I absolutely love this. It's very pretty!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 12:01:20 PM »

oh I love this lamp!  what a great idea you had!
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008 01:47:07 PM »

Oh, I love it!

Someone gave one of my grade-school music teachers something like that when she retired.  I think they payed tons of money for it, though!

Yours is so pretty! Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 03:29:50 PM »

KimberlyPye, I saw one here in town offered for $229.  This was much cheaper and a ton of fun to make.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008 08:28:08 PM »

this is so cool!! i actually have a clarinet that i played in elementary school and was wondering what to do with it... you have definately inspired me!
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008 11:34:08 PM »

Great job on the lamp!   What a great way to display a clarinet and the beaded fringe at the end of the lampshade really make the lamp.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 08:25:23 AM »

OMG!  I was so going to do this if I didn't have finals coming up!  I'm a clarinet major in college and my old clarinet doesn't work anymore so I've been wanting to make a lamp out of it for ages.  I love yours!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008 11:25:09 AM »

super cool...I love lamps out of band instruments. I have never seen a clarinet one!
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2008 05:11:56 PM »

Oh man, now you have to do a whole series of instrument lamps! I played clarinet, too.
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