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08-08-2001, 08:32 PM
These are my papier mache' Rainmakers.
They are made out of cardboard wraping paper tubes.
I took some photos of the process and will try to explain what I did as I go along.
So here is the finished product


08-08-2001, 08:35 PM

First one is the empty tube.

Second...I took a red marker and marked the seam line all the way down the tube.

Third...I took a blue marker and marked a second line between the first line all the way down the tube.
Trust me there is a reason to my madness :)

Fourth... I took a large metal skewer with a handle on it, called a gimlet. (It came with my microwave).

Jabbed a hole in at the red line and out at the blue line keeping it straight.
Are we confused yet?
I did this all the way down about one and a half inches apart.

08-08-2001, 09:03 PM

After all the holes have been made take bamboo skewers and stick them in the hole on the red line and out the hole on the blue line making sure they go straight across.

Next take white glue and glue all the holes so the skewers won't fall out.

When the glue is dry snip off all the parts that are sticking out.

When you look inside the tube it will look like a spiral DNA.

Out of a heavy piece of cardboard cut two circles to cover up each end.

First cover one end and secure with masking tape.
In the other end pour in half to three quarters cup of small aquarium gravel.

Cover and secure that end.

08-08-2001, 09:24 PM

Cover with 6 to 8 layers of papier mache' strips alternating colours and letting dry between each layer.

Coat with gesso then paint with acrylics as you wish.

When you turn it up and down the gravel hitting on the wood skewers sounds like falling rain.

See how easy it is :D

papier gal
08-12-2001, 11:03 AM
Leaflin, I love your rainmakers! I've always wanted to make something like them but didn't have a clue what to use inside. Wooden skewers and aquarium gravel - how clever! The aquarium gravel even goes with your marine theme! Thanks for posting these.


08-12-2001, 01:42 PM
Thank you Wendy.
I would love to see yours when it is done.
By the way THEY WORK :D
Here is proof!


Beth Duri
08-17-2001, 03:49 AM
THank you for sharing this.

I think this is awesome. i've always wanted one of these and never got around to buying one. I just purchases a book on paper mache 2 weeks ago and this would be an AWESOME project :)

thanks so much Its awesome.


08-17-2001, 09:39 PM
Thank you Beth. :)
Glad you liked them.