Saturday, January 17, 2009

DIY wind chimes




Ever since I've saw this bangle at a local craft store, I've been wanting to make a wind chime. I decided this would be a fun workshop for me to offer at the Museum this year, but I needed to make a prototype, and learn how to do it myself.



This past Saturday, I sat down to see what I needed and how long it would take. Here's what I discovered:
  • You need to have good dexterity in your hands, but if you can tie knots, you'll do just fine.
  • It will take between 2-4 hours.
  • Materials include a bangle with loops, fishing (or beading) wire, metal tubing and beads.
I drilled a hole straight through one end of the tubing, using a dremel. For my workshop, I plan to have all the holes already cut.












To make the drops, the beads were strung together and tied onto the bangle hoops. I knotted the tubing in between the bead drops, so they would strike each other and make noise. At first I was using just beads, but they didn't make a lot of sound. If you’re making a suncatcher, you can skip the metal tubing, and use glass beads and crystals instead.



I wasn’t able to get a great photo of the finished project - I gave the chimes away as a present. But here’s a pic of it, almost finished.

I think it turned out OK. Any suggestions?

7 comments:

QuirkyDolls said...

the variety of beads is very pretty. Maybe a variety of tube sizes to get different sounds and movement.

NICO Designs said...

My Mom and I have a thing for wind chimes. I tell myself that one day I am going to get one of those large tuned ones for the backyard and listen to it as I sleep. My hubby is not so enthuisiastic.

Great job!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I think this turned out great :) Love all the pretty colors together!

Andrea said...

What a neat idea! That turned out nice

Rose Works Jewelry said...

cool idea!

PurrPrints said...

How cool--I like the combo of beads and chimes--maybe theme the bead colors a bit more, keep it to 3 main color with maybe 2 more accent colors?

storybeader said...

PurrPrints - my idea exactly! I have a bunch of turquoise-colored glass beads, that I'm going to make another wind chime with! I'm going to try and sell it on Etsy, when I'm done...

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