Friday, February 21, 2014

The Making of the Caterpillar's Hookah with Rachel Whetzel

My love affair with Creative Paperclay® continues!! I'm working some more on my Caterpillar piece, and today's project is his Hookah!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own Caterpillar's Hookah:
  • Something to form the bones of your piece. I used a large bolt for the main piece, and a second, smaller screw for the mouth piece attachment.
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Paints. I used Krylon spray for the metal, and acrylic craft paints for the bowl.
  • Sandpaper
  • Sandits
  • Embroidery Floss (black and white) 
To get started, I used a large bolt and put a light layer of Creative Paperclay® over the top of it to start my base. 
 Next, I sculpted the base of my piece, and left part of the bolt threads exposed, because I will use that to secure the piece to my mushroom later.
 I used the thread area of the piece to spin it and used my fingers in a stationary position to imitate a lathe like motion, and make my sculpts uniform.
Once all my pieces were dry, I sanded and assembled the pieces. To create the tubing on my mouth piece, I used the same technique as you would use to make a hair wrap. GO HERE to see a tutorial video on how to do this. I used Sandits tools to create a nice, round tobacco bowl, and to make some of my smaller swoopy bits look nice and clean. I will officially be adding these to my creating arsenal.
 Then I wrapped the cord with some masking tape to protect it from paint, and spray painted the piece with metallic spray paint.
Last, I painted the handle of the mouth piece, and the bowl of the hookah, and put the piece onto my mushroom! 
Thanks for reading today!! I would love for you to visit me at my "house" too!! Hop over and subscribe!  ~rachel

6 comments:

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

Amazing! I love seeing all the cool things you make!

Diane said...


Wow! Just wonderful Rachel!

~Diane

Charmed Confections said...

Fantastic, Rachel! Love this! It looks absolutely darling on the mushroom. Wonderful job!

Rachel Whetzel said...

Thanks everyone. I'm getting pretty excited to get this finished!!

Barbara Rankin said...

Simply fabulous piece, Rachel.

Dawn Barrett said...

ooh lala...You are such a great artist!