Today I want to show you how to make a wind chime form vintage silverware. It is a little project I did with that silverware (that isn’t really silver) I found at the flea market over Easter.
I found so much silverware for such a good price that I came home with quite the load. So I set out to make something nice with it. This is what I ended up with : vintage silverware wind chimes.
Let me show you how to make one:
She’s cute isn’t she. And she isn’t that hard to make. You will need:
- random pieces of silverware including spoons and forks
- thin wire, thread, or fishing wire
- needle nose pliers (the hardware kind)
- flat nose pliers (the hardware kind)
- optional: beads and pearls for decoration.
First you need to prepare your silverware for its new function.
Choose a nice big fork to function as the main ‘hanger’. With the flat nose pliers bend the tines. First to the front, back, front and back and then bend the two outers ones to the side (step 1 and 2) go gently and keep moving the pliers up and down along the tine so it won’t break. Then with the needle nose pliers bend the tips upwards (or downwards, your choice). Again be gentle and patient so the fork won’t break. I did this with some smaller forks too, so I could make a second layer. But that will depend on the design you choose to make.
Spoons make the most beautiful sound, so be sure to include some spoons. I wanted to have flattened spoons and found it quite hard to flatten them with a hammer. Well if you aren’t strong you’d better be clever. So I put my spoons in the wrench and squished them flat that way. I used two pieces of a rubber from in inner bicycle tire to cover my wrench so my spoons wouldn’t get scratched too badly. Keep moving the spoon in the wrench until it is nice and flat.
Last step in this part is drilling the holes in your pieces of silverware. I found that punching a little dent first helped prevent the drill from slipping. Remember to use an iron drill bit. (and thanks to my love for being my hand model here). If the edges of your holes are very rough, sand them smooth (mine didn’t need it). And then the assembling can begin.
I dug through my stash of beads and jewelry supplies for the threads and wire and for the buttons and pearls. You can craft your little heart out here and go with any embellishments in any color setting you like. Try it out from time to time to see how it looks and if it all jingles nicely together. The hardest part is making the knot to stay put in the fishing wire. I tried to take a picture of how I do it, but I didn’t have enough hands to do that. So I found these instructions for you:
Basically tie a little knot, then run one of the loose ends through the hoop twice and then tie another knot. This should secure it, but for extra safety you can put a little glue on the knot too. And then assemble together, choose a nice spot for it and try to take non-blurry pictures while it dangles and tingles in the wind…
It is a sweet little project that turned out exactly like I had planned.
This post appeared previously on Pretty Handy Girl.