Didgeridoo

This is my didgeridoo page! These are the steps in which I made my Didgeridoo! The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago. Unlike authentic didgeridoos, this one is made out of PVC.

Get some PVC Pipe. I got mine at a local Osh for $1.50. Mine is 4 feet in length and 2 inches wide. It produces a C#. My brother-in-law made his 4.5 feet in length and 2 inches wide. His produces a B pitch.

Here's the PVC pipe.

I then put on a coat of brown, then lightly put a layer of green over it, but I was making sure I was doing it unevenly so it looks more random in color.

The didgeridoo before I put the mouth on.

I put the Beeswax mouth on. I got the beeswax at a "Michaels" handicraft sore. That was the most expensive thing, $12.00. However, you can make 5 or 6 didgeridoos with one pound of beeswax. I forgot to take a picture of the process of applying the beeswax, so next time I make one I'll take a picture of it. It's really simple though. Get a pan of hot water (not hot enough to burn you though :) ) and break chunks of the beeswax into it. When the beeswax gets soft, roll some into the length of the circumference of the pvc pipe. Put it on the end of the didgerido, and build it up a few layers while making it round at the top. Be sure to make the opening the right size for your mouth.

The beeswax mouth piece.

I looked around the web to see how other people painted their didgeridoos. I decided to put a black stripe at the bottom that's about 9 inches, with a brown stripe above it as padding that's 1 inch thick. I also wrapped some nice twine around it as a grip so that I would not mess up the paint.

The slightly painted didg.

For the final touch, I got a little gif off a web site, and blew it up and made a stencil out of it then painted it on with white spray paint.

Here is the final product!

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