You might think this gourd rattle just happened. It was made at the time of Imbolc and the Lunar New Year, so I wanted to include seeds of some kind - I used black walnuts. For the most part, this traditional type of rhythm instrument used material that would have been anciently available across a widely dispersed area.
The Walnut & Gourd Rattle
I've broken down making the gourd rattle into steps. The steps could be further broken down. It isn't hard, get some supplies and get going.
You will need
one cured and cleaned bottle gourd (or other hard shelled gourd)
heavy thread (I used embroidery thread)
feathers (I got my rooster skin from a vendor I found on ebay)
beads and/or buttons
a dremel tool
An exacto knife saw
beading pliers or hemostats
If you don't already know about getting and cleaning gourds, look at Getting Nice Clean Gourds, the first step in the Red Gourd project.
I highlighted the color contrast in these lovely seeds from my very own neighborhood.
- Making Beads out of the Black Walnuts
Pyrography not only added the face but the borders of the other design element.
- Cutting the Holes in the Gourd, Sketching the Design and Using the Woodburner to Finish the Design
- Adding Color with Leather Dye
Hemp beading twine and decorative buttons and beads were used.
- Attach the Walnut Rattlers
The whole was finished with grey barred rooster feathers.
- Add Feathers