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« on: April 30, 2011 10:24:55 AM »

We had the challenge of making a musical instrument of some sort in my ceramics class. I made a rain stick. The base is extruded. You can't see it, but inside are 4 half circle shelves alternating sides of the stick. Once this was built I made probably a good couple hundred teeny tiny clay balls to go inside and make the 'rain.' As I was waiting for the clay to get leathery so I could add the balls and not have to worry about them sticking, I carved the outside with pagan symbols (I'm a practicing Wiccan). Instead of glazing, I washed it with a red iron oxide wash to give it a more natural look.

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2011 01:37:38 PM »

That's lovely. I think the idea of leaving it naturally "earthy" in colour is just right. I've loved rain sticks ever since I was entranced by a 2 foot-long bamboo one when I was 11. I'm trying to imagine what sort of sound yours would make. What other instruments did your class produce?
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