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Pimped Out Case

Been a while since I had a project that lasted all weekend (not including my previous project, which turned out moderately okay, but didn't work out, and also isn't totally done anyway). So yeah! Actual Weekend Project!

It's 99.9% finished! I'm just waiting for a hygrometer to arrive in the mail. I was sick of the hideous hard green interior of my violin case, not to mention the need for a cloth to wrap and tuck so the violin didn't knock around in the case whenever I took it anywhere.

So I ripped out the insides (took out a few parts, too), cut & pasted some padding inside, and lined it with red velveteen. I also added a peacock-blue elastic band for photos, and hand-made my own humidifier by drilling holes into a cut of random plumbing tubing (which I corked at both ends. I'll fill that with water beads when winter comes (made a small one to test out of a tea tube, and the water beads sucked up the tea residue and it smells awesome). Sooner, if the hygrometer says I should.

A few antique photos and postcards, and bam! I really love how it turned out.

The only parts I bought were the tubing, the hygrometer, and the elastic (and an extra tube of glue). The project of re-upholstering my case cost me a grand total of about $8. I also bought myself a music stand, which arrived today. It's a tiny bit wobbly, but works for what it's good for.

I did this because I really wanted a case that protected my violin instead of just housed it. I also wanted a hard-case, so I could put stickers on it. Lauren (my tutor) gave me a good site to go to that she said is basically Amazon for string instruments. I checked it out, aaaaaand, I couldn't afford one of those cases if I saved my entire paychecks for a month. So I took things into my own hands.

Remember, it doesn't matter if you can play, as long as you can wow 'em as soon as you open the case ;)


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Sep. 16th, 2014 08:16 am (UTC)
I laughed when I read your last line, because looking at the picture, that is exactly what I thought before I read it :P
Sep. 16th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm getting better than I ever thought I'd get after just 6 lessons so far. I was feeling a bit bummed about practicing every day because there was some bits I just wasn't getting, so I think having a pretty case helps motivate me to practice more. (edit: oh and the bit I was having difficulty with was difficult because I didn't realize I hadn't gotten that far in the book during lessons yet and there were tricks my tutor needed to teach me first, hahahaha)
Then I can dazzle people with the case AND have talent ;)

Edited at 2014-09-16 07:12 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2014 03:40 am (UTC)
Wow, that looks so nice!
Sep. 18th, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
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