Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rhythm Machine Maracas

Our lovely & loyal customer Lucy Garcia recently contacted us about created a custom pair of maracas she will be joining her talented husband on stage (more info coming soon). Of course we jumped at the chance & said yes!!!! We were so excited about this project ,Lucy had just one request that the words 'Rhythm Machine' be put on there some where aside from that we were given creative freedom by Lucy (isn't she great?!) Mando & I were both set on what we wanted (this happens all the time) so in the end we created two sets; a pink atomic style set & a green rumba style set. The maracas we had to work with were coconut shell maracas made in Mexico.*Special thank you to the lovely & talented Bettie Cruiser aka Perla who was kind enough to send us authentic Mexican souvenirs! Perla works at Casa California where they have a little of everything from Mexico! You can contact Perla directly here:
And find her working here:
Casa California
620 N Main St
W-10 Olvera Street La, California
When they arrived my heart sank a little.....They were lopsided, uneven & bumpy in many areas. I have on idea why I expected perfectly round/smooth maracas lol since these are natural maracas made from a coconut shell which is far from prefect! We had our work cut out for us including how we would paint/metal flake & clear coat them to a sparkly Brown Magic finished! First things first we got down to business in the garage!
Me (Dottie) Painting A Pair of Green Maracas I Designed!
We added tape lines to both sets. I wanted something simple yet bold. Mando created unique & very clean tape lines. I am always in awe in what he can do with some tape!
I Love The Pink Tones!
These Came Out Better Than I Expected!
At last we had our maracas painted Bmp Co. style! Next came my favorite part; metal flake. We used micro metal flake for just the right amount of shine. Again, they came out better than I expected! Having two sets of maracas was great for the fact we were able to go crazy on two ideas we both had our hearts set on. The pink set was the 'atomic' style & the green set was 'rumba' style. Bright colors were our main attention to detail along with clean fun lettering, simple but unique accents.
Mando slingin' 1 Shot!
At last these beauties were 100% complete. When they first arrived we weren't sure what we would do with these weird shaped music makers lol now I am so proud what we have created with a pinch of 'Brown Magic". It's really awesome to be challenged with new projects along with being able to be given creative control. Creating one of a kind and unique pieces for all of our customers continues to be the main drive for Brown Magic Paint Co. we are so grateful to Lucy & all of our customers who continue to challenge and support us in all your special ways.
Thank you Lucy & we wish you & the band the best success!
Thank all of you for stopping by! If you would like a custom pair of your very own maracas please feel free to contact us at
Back to work for us!
Dottie & Mando
Brown Magic Paint Co.


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