Silverware Wind Chimes

October 25, 2013
How to Make Silverware Wind
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Steps

  1. Gather your materials. For this project, you will need 6 pieces of silverware, at least 1 of which must be a fork. Forks and spoons are preferable to knives, as the thick handles of knives make them difficult to drill a hole through for hanging. You will also need a pair of pliers, a pair of needle-nose pliers, a drill and a set of drill bits, and some fishing line or thin ribbon.
  2. Prepare the fork that will be the centerpiece. All of the remaining pieces of silverware will hang from this central fork. To prepare it, you will need to drill 2 holes in it and bend its prongs to allow for hanging the other pieces.
  3. Drill holes in each remaining piece of silverware so that they can be hung. Only 1 hole needs to be drilled in each of the 5 additional pieces of silverware. Position the hole very near the end of the handle of each piece.Image titled Make Wind Chimes From Old Silverware Step 2 Again, you may want to secure the silverware with a C-clamp when drilling.
  4. Make decorative changes to the remaining pieces of silverware if desired. The 5 remaining pieces of silverware can be hung as-is, or they can be altered in shape.
    • For example, you can use your needle-nose pliers to curl the tines of forks tightly back onto themselves. You could also curl the blade of a knife or the basin of a spoon in the same way.
    • Another option is hammering each piece of silverware flat.Image titled Make Wind Chimes From Old Silverware Step 3 This would best be accomplished by laying the silverware on a hard work surface and striking them with a sledgehammer.
  5. Hang the lower pieces of silverware from the central fork. To begin assembling the wind chimes, cut 5 pieces of fishing line to the length that you want the lower pieces of silverware to hang.
    • Carefully tie the end of each piece of fishing line to the hole in each lower piece of silverware. Cut off any excess length after securing the knot.
    • Loop the other end of the fishing line through 1 of the curled tines of the centerpiece fork. Tie a knot to secure it in place. The fifth piece of silverware should be tied to the hole you drilled in the broad part of the central fork.
  6. Image titled Make Wind Chimes From Old Silverware Step 4 Hang the entire set of wind chimes from your desired location. Now, the 5 lower pieces of silverware should be hanging from the centerpiece fork above. The only remaining step is to tie a piece of fishing line through the hole in the handle of the central fork. This fishing line can then be tied to a hook in your ceiling, covered porch, or another location.

Tips

  • You can give stainless steel silverware an aged appearance by exposing it to direct flame. The flame's heat will discolor the steel in unpredictable patterns.
  • You can string decorative beads along the fishing line for a more ornate appearance.
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