Friday, September 13, 2013

Sparkly Things at the Violin Store

Meet Sparkle Violin!

I bought new bags of plastic jewels recently because I decided to fix the Sparkle Cello.  It's probably the most photographed thing in our store, and since that one section under the different tite-bond glue went dark I decided during a lull in repair work to go ahead and put the sparkle back in that area.
Chiseling off bad jewels
It looks a little different than before, but at least it glitters again.

Then, even though I had real work I needed to do, I got kind of obsessed with making a matching Sparkle Violin.  The funny thing is the process wasn't dissimilar to making a violin, in that the edges took the the longest and were the most tedious (and will be the least appreciated) part.

I like the way it came out.  So far it's a hit in the window.  After the rental season rush passes and I have a little down time again I may go for a matching Sparkle Bow.

I just wish people understood enough about acoustic instruments or physics to not keep asking me if the sparkle instruments are playable.  They weigh a ton, and nothing slathered with that much tite-bond is capable of creating a beautiful sound.
So if you are in Milwaukee on a sunny day, swing on by Korinthian Violins and enjoy the sparkle!  (And buy my book!)

13 comments:

  1. Your talent never ceases to amaze me! I love it!!

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  2. I cannot begin to tell you how much those two sparkly instruments make my heart sing. :o) I can just see my Hannah waltzing by the window and freezing, utterly enchanted. :o)

    I confess, I was worried about the blackened jewels and am delighted you repaired it. I know, stupid thing to obsess over, but I couldn't seem to help myself...

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    1. Well, project people understand other project people, I guess! Couldn't leave those jewels dark and I was obsessing about it too, even though I know most people would have just left it.

      I can't think of a higher compliment than your own sparkly Hannah possibly liking my work. Thank you for that. I wish she could see them.

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  3. Those are so lovely! What a wonderful idea for your window.

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  4. Must really stop people on the sidewalk, how did you first think of doing this?

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    1. Actually, when I bought those jewels for decorating lizards at Mona's party I had so much fun with them I decided a project at the violin store should be next.

      http://the-quiet-corner.blogspot.com/2012/12/theme-lizard.html

      My latest project is clocks! (Post coming soon.) After which I should probably, I don't know, make a violin.

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  5. This may be your huge luthier niche! Bring one of THESE babies to the next violin competition.

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    1. I don't know about that, but might you have use for some Sparkle Bugs?

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  6. I think every home should have a sparkle violin. Since you can't play it it takes the stress off having to deal with it on a performance level.

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    1. Someone asked if it was for sale this weekend, but it's too soon for me to want to put a price on it. But I suppose for the right offers I could go into the Sparkle Violin business....

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  7. The violin is gorgeous. I love the different sized jewels, and how they create a motif of sorts.
    I may be outing myself as a crazy fan, but this post reminds me that Halloween is coming, and I realized that can't wait to see what your kids ask for.

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    1. So far the costume discussions have narrowed things down to a wolf, a bat, and possibly an owl. Fabric shopping starts this weekend!

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