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Unlocking the Music in Chimes

Love my new windchime made with what we had on hand utilizing the old keys from my collection!!

Love my new windchime made with what we had on hand utilizing the old keys from my collection!!

Listen to the Chimes here –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWXjIQZipwI&feature=youtu.be

For a couple of years now I have been collecting old skeleton keys, and although I have not accumulated many, I had enough to ask my husband if he would be willing to make me a wind chime out of them.  I really love the heavier old keys.  The history behind them is a mystery, and although I have an idea to display the older keys as I find them, I thought since I had a love for wind chimes that it was possible these would create a mysterious musical tone when used within a wind chime.

The selected keys to be used on the chime

The selected keys to be used on the chime

I had to wait until I had plenty of keys, as well as deciding what we would use as a top.  We did not want to purchase a kit as we wanted to use what we already had on hand.  This meant being patient as we came across items that would make a lovely sounding chime, blending in the sounds of the keys as they blew in the wind.

These past two weeks, we have been enjoying a very relaxing vacation, taking a few day trips, picking berries, hiking and enjoying some different projects we never seem to get around to.  This past week he had discovered that we had a few items on hand that would create a beautiful wind chime using the keys that I had collected.  It was a project that we had no idea of what the outcome would be.

Items used:

  • The bottom of an old bird feeder that broke, yet we kept it on hand for possible future repair needs.
  • Bolts and nuts (David’s shop of odds’n ends)
  • Spray paint (left over from another project)
  • Glass beads (Laura’s bead supply.  David was going to use plastic ones, but Laura really liked the glass ones and since she hadn’t used them yet, well, why not?)
  • Old keys found here and there as well as some that were given to me by those who knew I was collecting them.
  •  Fishing Line
  • Heavy duty string
  • Copper tubing
  • Two pieces of a branch
  • A piece of mahogany wood that was used for the center piece that catches the wind
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This is actually the bottom of an older bird feeder. Cleaned and repainted with Rust-O-Leum Hammered Brown paint. The inside center is that of a branch that was cut and sanded, using bolted ring that David had in his stash of odd’n ends he had in his shop.

This is the underside of the bird feeder base that he used a hook that screwed into the bolt.  Basically this hardware is designed to screw together in the manner we used.  It was great that we had this on hand as it worked out perfect for  our needs.

This is the underside of the bird feeder base that he used an eye bolt and an eye nut (top) that screwed into the bolt. Basically this hardware is designed to screw together in the manner we used. It was great that we had this on hand as it worked out perfect for our needs.

As we were going through his shop of items that we were going to throw out, I saw this bird feeder piece and asked my husband what his thoughts were.  As we both looked at it, we thought that it would be perfect, then we had to keep in the back of our minds what we might be able to use to put this all together.

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After a few days of laying things out and working on preparing the pieces, today was the day that my husband finished this project, using what we had on hand.  I am thrilled with the results!!  Of course, I have a new idea for another wind chime.

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In case you had not figured it out, I am a huge fan of quality wind chimes, and today my husband presented me with my newest, and now my favorite one that I will enjoy for many years to come.

Listen to the Chimes here –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWXjIQZipwI&feature=youtu.be 

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Listen to the Chimes here –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWXjIQZipwI&feature=youtu.be

This wind chime sounds beautiful when the wind moves it.  The blue glass beads add a hint of color.  And each copper tube makes a different tune as it meets with the others creating a gorgeous sound.

May your creative ideas mix with what you already have on hand, in order to create something unique and beautiful for you to enjoy around your home.

~ Enjoy ~

Laura

Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor

…who is already planning the next themed wind chime