How To Make A Music Box

Learn how to make a music box using either a mechanical or an electronic movement!

The term "music box" is actually a misnomer nowadays, as not all music boes are actually square or rectangular in shape. But whatever shape you choose to make it, you can build your own by following some basic steps.

An original version of a music box wa sometimes made using a cardboard or wooden box with a hinged lid.When the movement was wound up, and the lid was opened, a musical piece would play, while a ballerina doll would twirl around. Music boxes now come in all shapes and sizes, while the music does not always originate from a mechanical movement. Along with the the advent of technology came the electronic computer chip attached to a tiny circuit board which was powered by a small wrist-watch type battery. They are normally activated by exposure to light.

THese circuit boards helped to change the shapes of the music box as we knew it. They drastically changed the greeting card industry, also. Who hasn't received a large, thick greeting card, that, when opened, emitted noises, or sounds,or a song which fit the occasion?



In order to build your music box, you must first choose the "box" or casing that you will use. You can purchase a box designed specifically for this purpose, or use a box you already have. If you choose to use your own casing, you can modify it, if need be, to suit your purpose.

Next, you will need to decide what music you want your music box to play. You will also need to decide whether you wish to use a mechanical mechanism or an electronic circuit board. A mechanical mechanism is best suited for a box or other container. The electronic circuit boards are best used where a small, flatter musical device is needed.

Let's say, for example, that you have a small ceramic box or container that has an attahced, hinged lid. You can turn this container into a music box by installing either a mechanical or electronic music-emitting device. If you choose to go the mechanical route, you need to find a small enough movement which will fit into the box's space while allowing it enough space to operate properly. Then, all you basically need todo is to drill a small hole in the back of the container. Make sure the hole is large enough for the wind-up shaft to fit through and operate correctly. Then, install the movement according to the manufacturer's instructions. You may then cover the movement with an ornamental piece of material so that it is not visible. Or, you may choose to cover the movement with a piece oof clear plastic if you want the movement to be seen.

Your second route is to use an electronic-type device. This type can be used in almost any kind of box. Then, when the box is opened, and the device senses light, it will play music. You can even attach this type of music-playing device to the bottom of a coffee cup to create a sort of music box.

As you can see, you can create a music box our of almost any type of container. Keep in mind that music boxes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Let your imagination run wild and your possibilities are endless!

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