> >>I'm interested in possibly making rainsticks with my students. Any hints or
> suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I did rain sticks with my kids last year. We used those thick packing tubes....
like the ones our census posters came in :-) or the inside roll of industrial
clear wrap that the cafe. uses. If the tubes were exceptionally long, the
woodshop cut them for us. We took nails... Size: a thicker nail that must be
long enough that when hammered into the tube, the nails just about touch the
other side. Starting at the top, hammer in a close spiral effect going all the
way down to the bottom. Takes a lot of nails. My kids brought in some to help.
Once nails are set seal the top. Don't seal the bottom until you test your
sound. If the things you use to make the "rain" fall too fast ... add more
nails inbetween the spirals. When you like the sound and have enough 'stuff' in
the sick, seal the bottom. We cut pieces of cardboard the same size as the top
and bottom openings and attached each piece over the opening with tape and then
a narrow few, neatly place strips of paris craft. We filled the sticks with all
kinds of different stuff and got some really great sounds. Some suggestions:
seeds, beans, split peas, fish tank gravel, rice, and pennies. The kids
experimented with the above to get the tones they liked. We then painted them
and decorated them. Some of the kids did symbolism, others did various brush and
paint techniques i.e.: splattering, dripping, blending etc. We covered where the
top and bottom openings were sealed by attaching leather strips or colored
yarns. It hid the seam and made the rain stick aesthetically more appealing.
The kids braided leather or yarn, added shells, feathers or beads (even small
tribal looking bells) hanging from leather or yarn strips to accent the rain
sticks. Some even made over the shoulder straps to carry them. The sticks turned
out GREAT and the kids loved them. They looked good and sounded good too! Hope
this helps you some. Have fun!!
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