How to Make a PVC Saxophone

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How to Make a PVC Saxophone
Make a 3-D saxaphone using simple materials. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When you teach kids about different musical instruments, you can make the lesson more exciting and entertaining by showing them how to construct a 3-D version of an instrument out of basic materials. For example, you can construct a 3-D saxophone using simple household materials, such as a PVC pipe and masking tape. This will enable the children to better understand what saxophones look like and will allow them to feel what it's like to hold one.

Place a PVC pipe that is 24 inches long on a flat surface and tape a paper towel tube onto one end. Position the paper towel tube so it is angled upward at a 45-degree angle and fasten it with masking tape.

Use masking tape to fasten a paper bowl onto the end of the paper towel tube with the rim of the bowl facing out.

Tape a toilet paper tube onto the other end of the PVC pipe using masking tape. Position the toilet paper tube at a 90-degree angle.

Combine 1 cup of cornstarch and 2 cups of papier mache pulp in a bowl. Pour 2 cups of hot water into the bowl and stir the mixture for 1 minute. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes to cool and thicken.

Spread the papier mache mixture over the entire PVC saxophone. Allow the saxophone to dry for 4 hours.

Paint the PVC saxophone with metallic acrylic paint. Select any colour you prefer. Paint on holes and buttons like a real saxophone. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

Apply a layer of clear acrylic glaze, which will make the saxophone appear shiny like an actual saxophone. Allow the glaze to dry for 20 minutes before playing with the PVC saxophone.

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