How to Make a Wind Chime
Organic clay shapes strung up on branches make for beautiful art that brings melody and movement to the garden.
- dried branch or driftwood
- clay shapes
- fishing line
1. Collect clay pendants or pieces, or make your own with a modeling clay that can be baked at home in the oven. I made these shapes at a pottery studio, and if you have access to one as well the possibilities are endless. You could also use shells or beach glass for this project. Make holes in those by covering the area you want to drill with a piece of masking tape then using a fine bit to drill the hole. Be sure to let the drill do the work (read: don’t push too hard) or you could break the shell/glass.
2. Drill holes in the branch or wood that you have chosen to top the wind chime. Make 2 holes in the centre, and two on either side. This is where you will thread and tie your fishing line through.
3. Thread the first of the clay pieces on the fishing line and tie a knot just above it. If you are using pieces with larger holes, use beads to hold them in place. Tie a knot where you want the bead to sit, thread on the bead and top with the clay shape. Continue to thread 3-5 items onto the fishing line – this will be your centre piece.
4. Now put one end of the fishing line through one of the centre holes and put the other end of the line through the second hole. Tie them together tightly, leaving 2 inches above the knot. Tie the top ends together with a few knots, this will be your hanging loop.
5. Add 2 or more clay pieces to the sides by looping them through a length of fishing line and tying them off through the two holes in the top sides of the wood. Measuring the spacing between the clay pieces is all based on what you are using and preference. Lay them out and mark where you want them to fall. Spacing should be close enough that they will clink together with a breeze, but not so close that they get tangled up.
Hang your wind chime on trees with contrasting foliage for a striking look that highlights a feature in the garden.
I love the look of this peacock blue glazed wind chime with the turning leaves on my Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood’.
I made a second wind chime with a bamboo glaze that stands out well with the deep green leaves and thick branches of a Rhododendron.
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