Foray into Ocarina-Making
My first attempt was somewhat of a success, meaning it played notes and stuff, but I found out later that polymer clay was toxic. Most ocarina-makers use ceramic clay that needs to be fired at over 1000 degrees in a kiln, but since I don’t have access to one of these, I bought “ovencraft” clay that can be baked in the oven. The ocarina I made is modeled after Saria’s Fairy ocarina.
I tried to tune the ocarina as best I could, and while the model was still soft, managed to get this not-quite-right “scale” of E F G A A# B F G G# A B. After cooking, some notes became a bit higher due to shrinking: E F# G# A A# B F# G G# A A#. So it sounds off key on some notes.
I am pleased with how it looks though. The baked clay can be painted with acrylics, water color, or any sort of finishing that can be used on wood, so I painted the triangle on the mouthpiece with green acrylic.
In any case, the final ocarina smells a bit off so I’m concerned that this one could be toxic too. On the label it says sanded down parts of the fired piece contains crystalline silica, which is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.
Looks like I might need to get new clay?