|HOW TO THROW HOOKAH HEAD - Step-by-step ILLUSTRATION (also called shisha or nargile)
||1. Use about 1 3/4 lb. of clay for the dimensions you see here and throw the shape you prefer. This illustration is a hookah bowl 4-1/2" wide and 4" height wet (without the base neck). Leave a hole on the bottom as if it was a planting pot. Harden the bowl a bit prior to the next step using a torch or a dryer.
|Throw a cylinder
||Create the desired shape
||Use a calipers to verify size
||To harden the bowl, torch a bit
||2. Use about 1/2 lb. of clay to make the hookah bowl's top with about 1/4" thickness. It help if you have two wheels so that the bowl can remain on one wheel while throwing the base on a different wheel. Trim with a pin-tool to size and place on top. Make a hole with a pin-tool to allow air to escape as you create the proper hookah burning chamber's cavity.
|Throw a flat form and trim to size
||Place on top of pot
||Make a hole for air to escape
||3. Connect two pieces by compressing and adjusting to required dimensions and depth. You may want to use a torch to harden the bowl before applying compression pressure to the top. Make sure the middle hole remains open through the process.
|Connect bowl ant top
||Verify size with calipers
||Push top to the desired depth
||Finalize shape and smooth
||4. Dry slowly partially covered. When clay is leather-hard, use a MKM decorating disk to mark where you wish the holes to be and drill / punch the holes. Then, flip bowl upside down for trimming.
|Mark holes location
||Use 1/4" clay hole puncher
||Make the holes
||Flip bowl / head upside down
||5. Trim bowl and spray a bit to keep the bottom wet to properly attach to the hookah's base neck. If making more than one hookah head, it is easier to throw the base neck off-the-hump. The inside dimensions of the base is very important for proper fitting and it is 1-1/8" after firing. Take shrinkage into account. In our case, our clay shrinks total of 11%. The base neck height in this example is 1-1/2" tall.
|Trim bottom to shape
||Throw base neck off-the-hump
||Measure for right fit (30mm wet clay)
||Attach to hookah bowl
||6. Make a coil to place between the bowl and the neck and smooth while the wheel is turning.
|Use a coil for better attachment
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