Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Recycled Wind Chime

We are geared up for spring, and of course can not wait for summer.  We love being in the back yard, working in our garden, grilling out and best of all just relaxing. 

And what says outdoor relaxing more than the sounds of a wind chime?!

In parts of Asia, wind chimes are thought to be good luck and are used in Feng Shui. Wind chimes "were considered religious objects that were believed to attract kind spirits and drive away evil ones. The Buddhists especially revered wind bells and hung them by the hundreds from the eaves of shrines, pagodas, temples, and in caves."  Wind chimes are generally made from metal or wooden tubes, seashells, bamboo, or pieces of pottery, that hang from a central support and create "music" when the wind blows past. 

We are going to make a recycled wind chime from items you can find any where.
Here is what you will need:

1/16 drill bit for metal
fishing line (we used 30lb)
hot glue gun
hot glue
straight edge
nail (not pictured)
pliers (not pictured)
8 Spoons, washers, or other misc metal objects

First cut 12 pieces of fishing line just over 12 inches in length, and set them aside for a moment.

We are going to use the spoon part of the spoon for this project.  (We also used some misc washers, and you can easily use the handle of the spoon too.)

Now break all 8 spoons where the handle meets the spoon. This worked best by holding the spoon part with a pair of pliers and bending the handle back and fourth until it snaps off.

Now with the drill, drill a small hole at the top of the spoon. (A little side note. The 1/16 drill bit is really thin, take your time drilling the holes. To much pressure and the drill bit will snap in half. We learned this quickly.)

Next thread each spoon with fishing line. Loop the line around and tie it off.

Once all 8 spoons are drilled and tied to a fishing line, set them aside and grab the CD.

The best way I can describe this is to use a face of a clock.  With a straight edge, at 12 o'clock, mark a dot 1/4 of an inch from the edge and a second dot 3/4 of an inch from the edge. There will be two dots at 12 o'clock. Do the exact same at 6 o'clock. Mark a dot 1/4 of an inch from the edge and one at 3/4 of an inch from the edge.

Again, do the exact same thing at 3 o'clock and at 9 o'clock. (if you look closely at the picture above you can see the two dots at 9 o'clock are done)  So at the moment you should have 8 dots on the CD, 4 of them at 1/4 of an inch from the edge and 4 of them 3/4 of an inch from the edge, all at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.

Now half way in between 12 and 3 o'clock mark a dot 3/4 of an inch down from the edge. Then repeat this in between 3 and 6; 6 and 9; 9 and 12 o'clock.  You should now have 4 dots marked at 1/4 of an inch from the edge and 8 dots marked at 3/4 of an inch  from the edge, on the CD. (The third picture below shows all the holes punched in the CD if my description is confusing.)

Now with a nail and a hammer punch out each of those dots on the CD.  Be careful, it doesn't take much to punch a hole into the CD. If you pound in the hole to hard the CD will crack. (Like with the drill just take your time.)

Once all the holes are punched, it should look like this. 8 holes on the inside and 4 hole on the outside.

Now take a spoon and thread the fishing line down through one of the inside holes.(The holes 3/4 of an inch from the edge.)

Tie a knot a the end. As you add each spoon you can vary the length or keep the spoons all the same length. (In the last pictures you will see we staggered each spoon, and the chime with the washers we keep them all at the same length.)

Once you have the fishing line tied in a knot, (and it is the length you want) hot glue the knot to the CD, just to give it some added strength. Repeat with the rest of the spoons.

Now thread the last 4 pieces of fishing line up through the last 4 holes. (The holes that are 1/4 of an inch from the edge.)  These four piece of fishing line will support the wind chime. 

Tie the ends together into a knot.....

......you are almost finished.

Find the perfect spot outside, screw in the hook and hang up your recycled wind chimes. 


These are the two we built this weekend.

Have fun with this "cool things" project!!

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