3Doodle an award-winning Ocarina using creativity, patience and crazy doodling skills –


The 2015 3Doodler Awards have been announced, and one of the finalists, in the Mixed Media category, Carrie Michael, share with us here how she created the winner Lion of Ocarina. Michael’s design combines the ocarina, an ancient wind flute instrument, over 12,000 years old, and adds a touch of popular culture by including a Game of Thrones-inspired lion head, representing House Lannister. The result is a colorful pendant that can also be played as a musical instrument, all handcrafted by Michael and explained in detail here.

In step 1, you need to choose an object to doodle on so that you can create the front of the pendant. If an ocarina has a small interior, it will have a higher pitch, so you can choose the size of the interior of your ocarina, by controlling the pitch. A curved dome shape proves to be ideal for the step, and so, if you can, choose a small or medium metal sauce ladle as the object here. Then you cover the form with painter’s tape, to which the scribbled plastic adheres, and mark the location of the holes, darkening them with a marker. The holes should be away from the voicing.


Then you create the ocarina skeleton with strands of ABS plastic using the largest nozzle in your 3Doodler set. Michael describes how to make the holes:

“Make sure each layer of plastic touches completely and leaves no holes for air to escape. Add additional plastic around the sound holes and use the edges of the nozzle to smooth them out to create a comfortable spot for finger touching. It is better to make holes that are too small than too large at this point, as they can always be cut out larger when adjusting.

lio3For thickness, you’ll doodle another layer over the first layer using any color combination. It’s your first visible layer, so you want it to be nice and smooth with no sharp edges (especially around sound holes). When you are satisfied, carefully remove the first scribble from the form (sauce ladle or other).

In step 2, you make the pendant clasp by taping on a round shape. Michael used a jump ring mandrel, or you could use a pen or other round shape. Draw the shape of your clasp and doodle on it, setting it aside for later. Steps 3 and 4 provide detailed instructions for the airway stick and mouthpiece, then in step 5 you find yourself scribbling the back of the ocarina. Add a layer of duct tape to the same form you used for the front; if you make a 6 hole ocarina, you draw 2 holes (a 4 hole ocarina does not need additional holes).

lio4Step 5A is the hardest part of the whole project: harmonization. This involves placing the soundhole exactly where you need it for proper whistling. You can read all about how to do it in Michael’s step-by-step instructions. In step 6, you put all the pieces of the puzzle together, add plastic, and clean the edges. Once all of this is accomplished, you can have fun adding embellishments like design details and stones.

Finally, since it is a musical instrument, it must be tuned. You can do this by following Michael’s step-by-step instructions in step 8, which takes you back to step 5A’s focus on harmonization.

After all these steps, you will not regret it. The next thing you know is you are happily jumping across a field playing your 3Doodled Ocarina Lion pendant without worrying about the world!

You can also skip these steps and go straight to Michel’s Etsy shop, where she sells this and other (including personalized!) Ocarinas, pendants, and more – this design goes for $ 250. Let us know what you think of this design in the Forum Ocarina 3Doodled Lion Pendant on



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