Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Additional Kazoo Enhancement

I continued fooling around with the kazoo enhancement. I'd like to offer it as a workshop for kids, but the sharp things gave me pause. Even the hot glue has its dangers. So with a minimum of adult cutting and hot gluing I created this modification.

  1. The thin half liter bottle is cut with scissors. I cut off the bottom and cut a V in the side.
  2. I taped the V together with clear tape so the sound amplifier bottle points more foward.
  3. The Adult cuts a hole into the bottle's CAP. (this did require a box cutter, but for mass production perhaps something could be rigged up on a drill press)
  4. Hot glue is applied to the kazoo's resonator cap.
  5. The Kid sticks the bottle cap (and attached bottle) to the cooling hot glue. (check that the bottle opening is pointing in the direction you want it to face.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Enhanced Kazoo Instruments

A puppeteer's best friend can be the kazoo. Oh yes, there are a multitude of electronic sounds but the day will come when the plug is pulled or the battery dies or the media is left home. When that happens, a puppeteer needs a kazoo.
I decided to enhance some of my kazoos by adding some recycled plastic product containers. Here are some of my efforts.
You will need the following stuff.
A Kazoo (I get mine at Kazoobie)
Some plastic stuff (I used a gallon and a liter (water bottles) and a liquid detergent cap)
A sharp knife (Xacto or Box Cutter) - Be Careful!
Hot Glue
Silver Spray Paint

Just adding something to the open end, doesn't really change the sound but it does look cool. Remember that air has to blow through the kazoo, so make sure you open it up.
Adding something above the resonator does make the kazoo louder. I think different materials will have different results.

Oh - one last note (no pun). I used masking tape around the mouthpiece before spray painting the new kazoo. I didn't want paint (toxic or otherwise) flaking off into my digestive system.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Pumpkin Girl - In Progress

It's been such a long time since I've posted anything to this Blog. I'm working on a new shadow show. It's based on a story about a girl who is turned into a pumpkin. Here are a few of the shadow puppets...none are finished but I had them in the camera and it was a good time for me to upload and post them.

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The puppets are made of posterboard, the colors are tissue paper. There is still a way to go on these but ya got ta start somewhere!