- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Again, you may want to secure the silverware with a C-clamp when drilling.
- 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. This would best be accomplished by laying the silverware on a hard work surface and striking them with a sledgehammer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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