You could draw with colored pencils, but these tiny tools can do more than that—they can also be art themselves! From hand-carved sculptures to brilliantly patterned jewelry, we’ve seen many talented makers transform the art box staple into incredible creations. Inspired by this unusual art form, an artist known as Flyjumper on Reddit (or Burls Art on YouTube) recently built his own custom electric guitar, using 1,200 colored pencils for the body.
“I saw a lot of people online making bowls out of colored pencils and I wanted to take it up a notch and make something that I can actually utilize and enjoy more so than a bowl,” said Flyjumper. “So I decided on making a (Fender) Stratocaster-style electric guitar.” Despite having never made a guitar before, the ambitious craftsman set about sculpting the incredible handmade instrument, step-by-step.
He began by cutting 1,200 colored pencils into two parts using a saw. Flyjumper recalls, “Cutting the pencils was by far the most tedious portion of the build.” The craftsman then filled a wooden box mold with rows of the half colored pencils, before sealing it with clear epoxy resin. After sanding the entire rectangular slab, Flyjumper began tracing out the shape of the guitar body. He then carefully carved and sanded out the curved contours to reveal its final form.
After covering the body with multiple coats of clear, shiny polish, Flyjumper then began installing the instrument’s mechanical hardware, such as the tremolo, internal wiring, the neck, and finally the strings. The result is a fully functioning, honeycomb-patterned electric guitar that looks like a work of art!
You can find out more about Flyjumper’s project on Imgur and watch a video of his process below.