How to Make a Homemade Peace Pipe

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How to Make a Homemade Peace Pipe
Make your own peace pipe from scratch. (tobacco smoking pipe close-up (closeup) image by alma_sacra from

You can make your own homemade peace pipe if you have access to a kiln. Many art stores that sell sculpting supplies and art schools have kilns you can use for a small fee. Usually, you just pay them to fire it for you. After you make a peace pipe, you can use it to smoke tobacco. According to, peace pipes are also called calumets and were originally used in Native American religious rituals and ceremonies.They can be made from various materials but are generally characterised by their long stems.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ball of clay
  • 14-inch thin, stiff wire the width of the pipe stem hole
  • Bowl of water
  • Plastic-covered roll of quarters or similar-shaped object

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  1. 1

    Roll the ball of clay in a back-and-forth motion on a tabletop using the palm side of your hands to create the stem. Pull off about 1/4 inch of the stem and using your hands, shape it into a cylinder about 2 inches wide and 2 inches high. Reattach it perpendicularly to the end of the stem to create the bowl. The stem can be any length, but generally 12 inches is a good length with about 1/2-inch diameter.

  2. 2

    Wet the wire in the bowl of water to keep the clay from sticking to it.

  3. 3

    Push the wire gently into the mouth of the stem of the pipe all the way through until it reaches the beginning of the bowl. Twirl it around a bit to create the hole, then remove it.

  4. 4

    Dip the plastic-covered quarters' roll, or other similar-sized cylinder-shaped object, into the bowl of water. Push it into the top of the pipe bowl to create an area for the tobacco to rest in later.

  5. 5

    Use your fingers to reshape the outside of the bowl as desired.

  6. 6

    Remove the cylindrical object carefully. Re-wet the wire and insert it again until it pokes a hole into the bowl. Remove the wire.

  7. 7

    Set the pipe aside for a day so that it can firm up.

  8. 8

    Take the pipe to a kiln to be fired.

Tips and warnings

  • If you find the cylinder-shaped object and the wire are sticking to the clay, the clay is probably too wet and soft. Allow the ball of clay to sit and dry out a little for about a day, then start over from the beginning.
  • Do not fire the pipe yourself unless you have experience using a kiln or you have explicit directions, as it can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.

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