Thank you very much, Mission Rubato.

April 16th, 2010 in member junk     
junkermidge junkermidge, member
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I made these key word tags using sheet music.  They could be hung with a photo to jazz it up.  There are words like allegro (lively), forte (loud), decrescendo (slowing down), and presto (quickly). 
I decided it might make a cool photo displayer.  I mounted it on the wall, but it could also set on a table or shelf.  The photos can be attached in a few different ways -- pushpins, the screws, hung with string/ribbon.
The fun thing about this piece is the hammers can still move.  By pressing on the bottom part below, it makes the upper hammers pop out.  The hammers with photos stay out because I wedged a popsicle stick into it.
Two of my three sets of hammers -- all from different manufacturers.  I compared them and they were basically the same.  It must be someone got their hands on the secret formula.
I made these key word tags using sheet music.  They could be hung with a photo to jazz it up.  There are words like allegro (lively), forte (loud), decrescendo (slowing down), and presto (quickly). 

I made these "key word" tags using sheet music.  They could be hung with a photo to jazz it up.  There are words like allegro (lively), forte (loud), decrescendo (slowing down), and presto (quickly). 


In the world of music, the notation "rubato" means the suspension of rules to allow for the opportunity for free expression.  OH YEAH!  What junker doesn't love a directive like that!

Well, I haven't made a lot lately.  I've kept busy doing "mom" and househould stuff and time always seems to get away from me.  But I WAS doing junk stuff like helping friends with projects, gathering more junk, and dismantling a lot of stuff.  One dismantling project was a beautiful upright piano friends wanted to get rid of before moving.  They wanted a few key (no pun intended) pieces, they knew the value in some of them, but the rest was for me -- there are so many cool things to do with piano parts.

However, I now had my third set of hammers and still no great ideas.  My only thought had been to encase in a glass topped coffee table (hmmm.... I don't know.)  So as I re-entered the world of constructing, it was time to think RUBATO -- junker style.  I had always envisioned the hammers as a whole piece.  But Why?  They aren't sacred!  What if I cut them into manageable pieces? And that's when it came to me.....  

I'm still playing with it.  Not sure what I think about the ribbon in the center area.  I wanted a old, yet contemporary look.  I originally thought I would use just black & white photos, but that just made it look old.  So, don't be shy with ideas.        


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, wood, picture holder, historical, piano

Comments (6)

MakinItHappen writes: Maybe you could make a toy out of one by putting little faces on the parts that pop up when you press the bottom thingy. Posted: 12:37 pm on April 19th
ninnarae writes: This turned out so cool- and I love your title! Posted: 10:16 pm on April 18th
alicemom writes: Midge, I am junk dead here in the city........But I love the table idea and the picture holder!!
smiles, alice Posted: 10:45 am on April 18th
chippingcharm writes: Lucky you Noreen...it looks great on the wall with your pictures. My MIL gave me a couple of the little individual wood "mallets" (sorry, don't know their technical term...never played the piano :)) I held them side by side and they looked like angel's wings to me...I know you like angels and it looks like you could have a whole choir in those hammers of yours...ha-ha!
Can't wait to see what all you do...have fun! Laurel Posted: 8:59 am on April 18th
Prior writes: I love your tags and think a coffee table with these would be so cool... I am drawing mostly a blank on ideas... Maybe a chore or to do list holder, calendar type thing... I'm thinking Maybe just a frame around it and "Let It Be" just a great architectural piece... , thought...Sorry, I'm not much help. Posted: 5:50 pm on April 16th
RustyDiva writes: I now love the word "rubato" and will proceed to smather it on everything! :) WOW ~ from a business standpoint, if you could cut those things and come up with a really cool product, you could sell MILLIONS! I would have to see the individual pieces up close to come up with any ideas so I'll have to find a piano to stalk. Will keep my thinking cap on and get back to ya! In the meantime ~ congrats!

Kenda Posted: 5:00 pm on April 16th
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