Play the Music, Not the Instrument

February 17th, 2009 in member junk     
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After much contemplation and numerous attempts at other designs, I finally created a piece that I am really happy with.
First, I chose the top off an old wooden case as my base. Then, I cut the piano rolls in strips and used the section with the words as the texture to the background and the “holes” as the texture on the edges and sides.
I Decoupaged and let it dry overnight.
Next, I wanted to find something that represented the staffs for music and dug up some of my old Lionel train track.
I put them together, spaced them out and the screwed them to the base with baby screws.
Next up, I laid out my design using all kinds of musical instrument parts. You’ll see a little cymbal (thanks Geo!), an old plastic flute, a drumstick, a horn mouthpiece, a chin rest from a violin, a toy harmonica, parts of a trumpet, toy xylophone sticks, a whistle, a jaw harp and the gold colored round bits are pieces off an old trumpet. 
Last but not least, I used a clip that a marching band musician would use to hold their music as the clip that holds the message: “Play the Music, Not the Instrument.”
I glued everything down with Gorilla Glue Super Glue, which by the way is the best Super Glue I have ever used (and I am pretty choosy when it comes to adhesives.) I strongly endorse it!
This project was a ball and I really enjoyed finally feeling that “AHA!” moment when it all came together.
After much contemplation and numerous attempts at other designs, I finally created a piece that I am really happy with.

After much contemplation and numerous attempts at other designs, I finally created a piece that I am really happy with.

Well, I must admit the Piano Paper Roll JMS Challenge, was just that, a serious challenge for me! First of all, I’m not sure if you’ve ever worked with these bits of paper fun, but they are very brittle and tear easily – plus, I rarely incorporate paper into my art, so this project had me stumped. Then, on top of that, my rolls weren't in English but Luthuanian(!) so I couldn’t pull a design theme from words in the music. Hmm – what was a girl to do?

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Comments (15)

writes: WOW you guys! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments.

I feel so lucky to be able to share with some a wonderful team of people. Thank you, Thank you!

JennyK Posted: 3:12 pm on February 19th
bridiemurphy writes: WoW...And what an apropos quote -- quite a double entendre... Posted: 10:42 pm on February 18th
irishrovr writes:
Jenny, this is so wonderful! Nice composition!

Eileen Posted: 9:09 pm on February 18th
CottageElements writes: Jenny, you're artistic works are true genius! I love how everything came together. How clever to use the train tracks! You amaze me every time! Spectacular!

Lani Posted: 3:12 pm on February 18th
fellowjunker writes: Jenny, Jenny, amazing is your project!!! What a creative genius you are----the train tracks!!?!! Unbelievably inventive. I so love your project.
Posted: 3:00 pm on February 18th
rebeljunker writes: Hi Jenny.
This just hits the note!!lol You did a wonderful job creating
this musical piece. I love your "railroad" staff. Di Posted: 9:54 am on February 18th
shabbychick writes: Jenny,

This is wonderful. All of the pieces came together with perfect harmony. And, I love the train tracks – very clever!

I always love (and look forward to) your creations. The thoughtful creativeness that you put into each one is a special gift – thank you for sharing with us!

Posted: 9:12 am on February 18th
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

i see that you've all been enjoying Jenny's piano music roll contributor's challenge project. I was in California this past week and was able to see this beauty in person. I love your combination of musical instrument pieces and the train track. Nice work created an amazing piece of art!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 8:44 am on February 18th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Jenny, this turned out fabulous! The train tracks really took it O-V-E-R the top! I love them! Thank you for clarifying what the musician clip is. I came across one last week at a thrift store and unfortunately passed it by. Now I know!

Great job, my junk friend!
Candy Posted: 8:02 am on February 18th
snowyowl writes: Yes great creative use of these instruments. It plays its own music now. you can almost hear each one. play the music - yes not the instrument. hmmmm would be a nice entry way piece for sure. Posted: 8:02 am on February 18th
texasjunkermom writes: Wow, all the entries in the challenge have been great. BUT, seeing as how I am a musician, can I pick a favorite? The train tracks representing a music staff were brilliant. All the related music parts and pieces evoke such memories. The 'plastic flute' is a Tonette, the same as I started out on MANY years ago, then graduated to a clarinet. (Which I still play in a concert band, thankyou very much.) All this to say, if I found this in a shop, it would be MINE in a heartbeat!! You did a great job. Posted: 10:51 pm on February 17th
JunkArchitect writes: Jenny,
this turned out so great and the train tracks are the perfect choice for mounting the components. Where did you find all the musical pieces? All I’ve got is a pair of drum sticks.

Jim Posted: 9:24 pm on February 17th
georgiamoon writes: Jenny my friend. First of all ...this turned out so perfect and beautiful I can't say enough about it or your talent. The tracks were a fabulous idea and they just made this project extra special. Second...I think you are so funny! So choosy about your adhesives...that made me laugh. Great, great, great project! Geo Posted: 8:18 pm on February 17th
junkermidge writes: Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool, cool, cool.

Midge Posted: 7:25 pm on February 17th
junkcollector writes: Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, you are amazing!!! Your talents are never ending and so are your resources for junk!! This piece is great, I long some day just to have the parts and pieces for a project like this, much less the brain to think of it!!
Great work.
Diane Posted: 7:06 pm on February 17th
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