What now?

Well, I am pretty much making ukes for people or for fun now. I am currently working on a project that’ll take another month but other than that, there isn’t much happening here for now.

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I am still wondering on what to do with all of these :/

People have done me to keep them. Some have said to sell them. A few have asked to buy one. The original intent was to sell them off for charity… Well, I am not sure now. What do you think?

The Bill Cipher Ukulele

All copy rights belong to Alex Hirsch, Disney, and probably the Devil as well. Especially this picture below!

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I finished the Bill Cipher Ukulele! Here he is looking scared as I hung him for his first coat of paint.

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Did two coats of yellow first, then black, and gave a varnish job afterwards. Look at all that sawdust on the floor as well. Someone needs to clean up.

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After that, I let him chill for a night so that paint and varnish can cure a little before I start stretching him.

Check out that all seeing eye. Creepy as heck! Finally strung him today, and here he is!

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Here’s a video of how he sounds:

 

 

Afterword

So, I wanted to write an afterword now I have finished my little project. I made some decent ukes. I made some bad ones. I learnt a lot. I sanded my fingers a lot. I even cut myself a couple times. But in the end, I had fun.

I think one of the reasons I started was curiosity. I have never made an uke, so I wanted to have a go. How it turned into make one a month, I’ll never remember, but it did, and I followed through (to the best of my ability seeing as I was late for two.)

But I never intended it to be this big. I only wanted to know and learn something, something incredibly simple. Which is why I hope if you’ve been following my little journey, that you too have maybe learnt something? Or maybe, even better, been inspired to make one yourself? Because maybe that simple thing you’ve been curious about, can lead you to something grand.

I started playing the uke probably 4-5 years ago I think. At the time, I didn’t think much of it but now I think I understand a little more about myself. There’s not a lot I am certain about, but one of them is I love the ukulele. And that will never change.

Thank you for reading, and I hope from now on you’ll love this instrument as much as I do right now,

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December 6: The 13th ukulele

So the uke-a-month project is finally done and dusted. A year ago this month I made my first ukulele. It’s been a very interesting trip getting to the end, and hopefully I made a few decent ukes along the way.

Here are the ukes in chronological order:

December 2014: The ‘death’ ukulele

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January 2015: The ‘hole’ ukulele

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February: The ‘monochrome’ ukulele

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March: The ‘wanderer’ ukulele

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April: The ‘bonsai’ ukulele

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May: The ‘heartfelt’ & ‘heartbroken’ ukulele

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June: The ‘wave’ ukulele

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July: The ‘parallel’ ukulele

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August: The ‘mega’ ukulele

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September: The ‘black hole’ ukulele

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October: The ‘autumn’ ukulele

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November: This is a stand in. I suppose it’s the prototype.

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and without further ado, this month’s and the last ukulele’s namesake is the 13th. I actually finished it a while ago but couldn’t be arsed to do all this. When it was done, I sort of just thought it’s over.

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I decided to go pineapple with this one. Turns out it wasn’t such a good decision in the end, as it is a lot quiter than some of the better ones. I tried to take everything I learnt from the other 12, and shove them into this one.

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I went with rainbow frets, and strung it with Worth strings (low G of course.) It’s a concert sized uke, with 17 frets like I usually do. Other than that, there’s not a lot I can say really.

Here’s the Vlog. If you just want to hear the last uke, probably best to skip towards the end, as I go through all the other 12.

A big shout out to the ukulele community, and you as well. The person who started this all was Daniel from circuitsandstrings. Without his travel uke plans, I’d probably not have done this project, and possibly never have made a uke in the first place.

December 5: Almost done

This morning (by which I mean soon after I awoke) I managed to get a few more things done.

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So, after leaving the paint and varnish to dry over night, made made up some coloured plastic for the dots. Purple and violet were a pain to make. Apparently red powder paint has yellow pigments in it, and blue has green. Who knew? So if you mix red and blue powder together, you actually mix yellow and green in there as well. I ended up making brown a lot.

Managed to make purple by finding a ratio between red and blue, and finding the smallest amount hence lowering the content of other colours, but for the life of me, I couldn’t get violet. No warm reds or cool blues I mixed together got me it, it was always brown. The closest I got was a slightly darker purple, so I gave up.

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Here it is with the dots in place. the varnish is starting to yellow as well :( can’t do much about that now.

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And here it is with everything but strings. I will string it later as I want everything to settle first. The glue under the bridge needs curing still, and over all the varnish still needs the time to probably cure.

But it is almost done. I suppose I need to make some sort of final video to celebrate 12 months of uke making?