Blow Wind Blow

by Taryn

Now that the air is warmer and fresh spring breezes are blowing, wouldn’t it be nice to hear the tinkling of a wind chime in the distance? Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to recycle that old silverware you have lying about. No doubt what we all need after a long hard winter is to get out, enjoy the weather, and feel the surge of power tools--making this lovely silverware wind chime the perfect project.


Items needed

silverware (one knife, two spoons, three forks)

large flat rock or anvil

1 lb. mallet or large ball peen hammer

power drill with 1/8" or greater drill bit, and a chamfer or counter sink

c-clamp

cutting oil

locking pliers (straight, not curved)

slipjoint pliers (6" or 8")

fishing line

 

Be sure to don that fashionable protective eyewear!


 

  1. The first thing we have to do is flatten the forks and spoons. (Knives don’t get much flatter!) Place each utensil on the large flat rock or anvil and pound with your mallet. Turn over as needed.
  2. Brings new meaning to the word "flatware."

     

  3. The next part is the toughest, but resourceful craftygals don’t let power tools intimidate them--let’s drill some holes. First, secure each utensil with a c-clamp. Then, using the 1/8" drill bit--good ones or they’ll break!--and cutting oil, drill through the center of handle. (We didn’t do this for our wind chime, but you may want to drill through the blade end of the knife--this will make drilling easier, since knife handles tend to be thicker, and it will add more of a pendulum effect.) While drilling, be sure to press consistently so that the drill doesn’t "walk" or move around. Caution: Metal will be hot after drilling!
  4. Join the PowerTool Grrrrrls!

     

  5. After each piece has cooled, use a counter sink or chamfer to clean up the jagged metal edges around the hole.
  6. And a fine hole it is.

     

  7. For a decorative touch, we’ll twist the forks and spoons. Here’s where you need a friend to help you. Have someone hold the handle portion of the utensils firmly with one set of locking pliers while you rotate the spoon or fork end with the other pliers. Two or three turns should do it.
  8. Twist and shout!

     

  9. Before we can assemble our wind chime we need to prepare the main or "hanger" fork. Using 6" or 8" slipjoint pliers, gently bend the two outside tines to the side. Then bend one of the inside tines forward and the other backward. You want them to curve far enough so the fishing line won’t slip off, but not so far that they break. (Actually, there are many ways to do this; if you’re working with particularly malleable metal, you can bend each tine from the base, or you can just bend ‘em willy-nilly--just use your creativity.)
  10. Gently now, gently!

     

  11. Next, cut the fishing line. We cut approximately 20" of fishing line for the main fork. For the knife (which will be the center or "clapper" of the chime) cut a piece approximately 16" long. For the four other utensils, cut pieces of line approximately 8" long. Put the line through the hole and tie a knot at the ends, making a huge loop for each. Hang the knife from both inner tines to get it centered and hang the other pieces from each tine individually. Then, find a place on the porch or nearby tree branch and enjoy your handiwork!



    So easy, anyone can do it!


     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fun Fact: According to principles of Feng Shui, wind chimes help enhance Chi flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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