How to Make a Windchime...With Keys
Fall is upon us. I'm convinced, since I could hear the dry leaves rustling as they blew down the street yesterday - even though the temperature was in the high 80s and it was humid! In spite of that, the project list is growing and I wanted to share this quick and easy one before I got tied-up with the bigger ones.
I found some old keys and embroidery hoops at the flea market and immediately thought, "Windchime"!
This is a very easy project. You need keys, a small embroidery hoop, a pen, fishing line, and a lit candle.
I started by deciding how to space the keys (I used 10) around the hoop and marked each spot with a dot from a pen. I drilled the holes, sanded any rough edges, and was ready for the next step.
I cut a length of fishing line and tied it to each key. I melted the end in the candle flame to keep the knot from slipping - an old trick that my Dad taught me!
Then, the other end of the fishing line was threaded through a hole drilled in the embroidery hoop, knotted, and melted in the candle flame. Repeat 9 more times.
I cut 2 more lengths of fishing line, threaded them through opposite holes, lifted them and the windchime. When it looked balanced, I made a knot and, once again, melted the ends in the flame.
Here's a close-up of the keys:
This is an easy project that can be completed in under one hour. So, the next time you see old keys, grab them!
I also made another one since I bought 20 keys and 2 hoops.
My husband says I should sell this one.
That's all for today. I have lots of work waiting for me...it involves scraping, sanding, glazing, and painting. With the hot weather predicted for today, I think the cool basement sounds like a great place to be!
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