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« on: September 10, 2004 10:12:51 AM »

i have some burner bowls for an electric stove to use as a top of windchimes, but what to use as the chimes themselves?  i have no extra silverware and would like something at least relatively melodic.
any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2004 01:18:50 PM »

my Dad used shower curtain rods - found a bunch at a salvage store - cut them to different lengths - mine sounds fabulous.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2004 07:18:51 AM »

You can use lengths of wood, too.  Hollow is better.  Just carving a deep channel into a dowel and then cutting it into different lengths would probably work.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2004 09:15:35 AM »

Old coins or rocks.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2004 03:41:29 PM »

Silverware can work.  You can hammer it flat. Try hitting it together to see if you like the way it sounds.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2004 12:11:04 PM »

My husband bought copper tubing from a hardware store and cut it to different lengths. Not only does it sound beautiful, but the copper looks just great Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2004 03:46:16 AM »

i love the way keys sound when someone comes home from work.

you could make a windchime out of old keys you don't use anymore(?).
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2004 08:46:04 AM »

i made a windchime out of old keys for my neighbor. They put their housekey in it too. That way their kids didn't have to carry a key. There were 50+ keys in the thing all put on with fishing swivels so that the housekey would look the same as the rest but could be taken off.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2004 05:38:12 PM »

You can use all kinds of things for the tubes if that's the way you want it.  If you do it that way, since you have the lil bowl part that goes under the eye for the top part, why not use the actual eye to be the part that clangs the tubes???   You could maybe somehow find one of the smaller eyes for that...  It could be a themed windchime.
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2004 10:54:28 PM »

I made a windchime with seashells but they're not as melodic as metal.
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2005 02:31:41 PM »

I've used old keys, Metal bottle caps, drift wod etc. The possibillities are endless. D
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2005 06:01:59 AM »

I've got a big silverware and bead windchime I made from the silverplate we used when I was little.  If you do use flatware, silverplate gives the best sound.  It's fairly easy to find at estate sales, and can usually be bought by the bag.

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