Do you love a pretty wind chime? Want to know how to make one yourself? Turns out there are just six easy steps to create your own lovely wind chime out of silverware. Let me show you how.
The other day I was really lucky at a flea market nearby. I came home with lots of vintage silverware that looked old, tattered and lovely. It led of course to the question:
What can I make out of old silverware?
I decided to make something for my garden. Something to add a little music to my life. Something whimsical and fun. I made wind chimes out of the vintage cutlery and as it turned out that was a fun project that was much easier than I imagined.
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Silverware wind chimes instructions
Make wind chimes from silverware in six easy steps
- Gather your supplies. You will need:
- How to bend silverware
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.
- How to flatten spoons
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. How to flatten spoons with one easy trick: I put my spoons in the vise on my workbench and squished them flat that way. I used two pieces of a rubber from in inner bicycle tire to cover my vise so my spoons wouldn’t get scratched too badly. Keep moving the spoon in the vise until it is nice and flat (see picture 1).
- How to make holes in silverware
Last step in this part is drilling the holes in your pieces of silverware. If you are wondering how to drill a hole in metal silverware you can use this little trick: Punch a little dent first with a straight pick, it will help prevent the drill from slipping (see image 2).
Remember to use a drill bit meant for metal (see image 3).
If the edges of your holes are very rough, sand them smooth (mine didn’t need it).
- How to attach silverware together for your wind chime
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.
I threaded fishing line through the holes in my spoons and forks and used special knots to attach it all together. The hardest part is preventing the knot in the fishing wire from slipping. There is a special technique for that called a surgeon’s knot, it involves winding the thread more than once through the loop. I tried to take an image 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 loop 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…
Fun wind chime Facts
Did you know that they already had wind chimes in ancient Rome? They were called tintinnabulum! And the romans believed the soft tingling would ward off bad ghosts.
In Asia they have been around since ancient times as well. Wind chimes are considered to bring good luck and are used in Feng Shui.
If you know what you are doing when creating your wind chime you can make them play certain notes. Apparently there are formulas to determine exactly how long the ropes should be.
If you have several wind chimes hang in distinct places in your garden, they will tell you where the wind is coming from.
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My silverware wind chime DIY – a sweet little project that turned out exactly like I had planned.