6/10/2015

Wind Chimes

This is the sunset tonight after a 95 degree day.  Our usual temps at this time of year are 70's but I am
not complaining.  We have our pool to cool off in and I LOVE that.

It is supposed to cool off  by 15 degrees so that will be nice .  Today our air conditioner just stopped.
We have had it for eleven years and have never had any problems so maybe it is time.



We can't get anyone to come until the middle of next week so am happy it will be cooler for a few days anyway.



I have been decorating our back yard  for the past month..  These are the wind chimes I made  out of recycled silver.   I know some of you may be offended by my choice of materials but each to their own.

I went to a church rummage sale and  you could fill a brown grocery bag for $5.  In my bag I have a small silver serving tray and wine chalices.



I drilled holes in the lip of the edge of the platter  with a metal drill bit and then drilled holes in the base of the chalices.  I had all the beads on hand and used 20# clear fishing line to string them on.
I made sure the chalices are almost touching so that when they move in the breeze they hit each other and are so melodic.  I used a small link chain on each side to hang it on the branch.  I had originally had it hanging on the deck but it didn't move due to the weight.  Now the breeze moves the branch.






I also crammed neatly placed silverware  and this chafing dish holder in my bag.   I have a ton of beads on hand and have had my art kids making their own wind chimes.  I again drilled holes in each

 of the handles of the silverware.  You cannot use newer silverware because you cannot drill through it.  You can wrap wire around  the handles  and then use fishing line to attach them to your holder.

I wrapped thin wire with beads around the handles and added bells to some of the utensils.  This one is light weight and  dances nicely in the breeze.  It has a soft  tinkly sound.

What projects are you working on?

7 comments:

kath001 said...

You may have topped our high temperature today! Great wind chimes. Hope with the heat you are getting some breezes to cool off and keep the chimes singing.

Marrianna said...

Oh, the wind chimes are so pretty. I can almost hear their melody in the breeze. You did a fantastic job on them. And score at the church rummage sale! Love church rummage sales because of the variety available. I can usually find at least one treasure if I get there early enough. Keep up the great artwork. As for me, I just finished another cloth book and plan to take photos today or tomorrow and list the 3 I've made on Etsy. I have no idea if they will sell, however, I just want to get in the habit and practice of listing items in my currently empty Etsy shop.

Take care,
Marrianna

Mary Ann Potter said...

Your wind chime creation is absolutely beautiful! You've been blessed with imagination --- and that can never be offensive. Enjoy the abundance of the day and the goodness of God!

liniecat said...

Inspired idea to make the chimes from those items!
That's been a lucky $5 spend lol

Jeanie said...

This is a fabulous idea, CatieAn! I love the chalices -- nothing offensive about that! (Good grief -- if they're going to be sold at rummage in the fill-a-bag sale, it already shows how much they were valued for symbolism!) And I can imagine they make "heavenly" sounds. Plus, it's creative and fun. A beautifully clever idea and I'll bet it sounds great!

We've had rollercoaster temps here in Michigan, too. No complaints, but it's hard to know what to put on in the morning!

Art and Sand said...

Gorgeous photos!

I love your cute and creative wind chime.

susan said...

Very clever - It's absolutely amazing what you did with $5 worth of goodies! Enjoy the pool and I hope your a/c gets fixed before the really hot weather returns.