Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rainmaker Project

This must have been some ancient tool for a bountiful harvest but to me, it was one day's project. I learned over the net that you can make your own rainmaker. The sound is quite soothing and if you close your eyes, you can imagine pools of water being formed at your feet!
All you need are a few tubes, I used old toilet paper rolls, glue, aluminum foil and popcorn (or rice). You can wrap it up using cloth, beads, string or cord and a little imagination!
First you glue the tubes together. The longer the better!
Then you make one long scrunched up piece of aluminum foil, like you're making a snake twice the length of your joined tubes.
Next you twirl the aluminum foil as if you're making a spring and then push them down inside the tubes until the whole length has foil running through it. This is basically to delay the denouement of the popcorn to the bottom and give off that rainy sound.

Oh, I forgot to mention that you need to seal off one end of the tube so that the popcorn won't fall off when you add them in! You can make a seal using a cardboard circle glued to the bottom or duct tape (with something covering the sticky part from the inside).

Add the popcorn and test the sound before sealing off the other end!
If the "rain" is good enough, then go ahead and seal off the open tube end and then cover and embellish with cloth. A native feel is usually what we go for!

1 comments:

Jee Soo said...

Great idea..!
I always wanted one but thought they were too expensive.. :)

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