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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Tea party windchime (Tutorial) on: June 04, 2013 01:34:07 AM
I've been wanting to make something to hang in my courtyard for forever, so this weekend I pulled together some pretty bits and pieces from my stash and made this windchime.

You'll need:
Electric drill
Glass and Tile drill bits (I used 5mm and 8mm)
1 tea cup, saucer and plate set
8 R-Clips (I used 3/16''x1/4'')
Short length of chain (50 cm should be sufficient) that will fit through an 8mm hole.
Jute or Hemp twine
A circular piece of plastic or metal which will fit snuggly into your tea cup when sitting an inch or so below the top lip.
Whatever knick knacks you would like to hang for your 'chimes' (I used a couple of small bottles corked and half filled with food colouring, half a dozen keys in various sizes, dessert forks, teaspoons, a small cheese(?) knife, and a faux vintage fob watch case.)

What to do:
On the underside of your tea cup, saucer and plate mark the direct centre. On the plate, mark a further six (evenly spaced) points five or so centimetres out from the centre.

Use your 8mm bit to drill the central hole in each piece, and the 5mm bit for the six additional holes in your plate.

Each hole may take a couple of minutes to drill (Tea cups are surprisingly tough!). Drip water onto the drill hole as you go and take your time to avoid cracking your crockery.

Cut seven lengths of twine at approx. 50 cm, and knot the end of each one to a separate R-Clip.

Slide six of these twine/R-Clip combos through the 5mm holes around the edge of the plate so the twine hangs from the underside.

Now you'll need to punch an 8mm hole through the centre of the circular piece of plastic or metal you've chosen. This piece is used to help keep the teacup set hanging level.
Without it I found the whole set would overbalance and sit tipped to one side (which could be a cool look, but wasn't what I was after).
I found the plastic seal from the lid of a Moccona coffee jar worked perfectly for this part!

Once that's done, take your chain and thread it through your circular piece, tea cup, saucer, and plate in that order.

Take the last twine/R-Clip combo and clip it to the last link of the chain so you've got seven lengths of twine hanging from the underside and the chain is anchored.

From the top, pull any slack out of the chain, and put a final R-Clip through the link closest to the circular piece. In this way all of your crockery should be held firmly together and stay nicely balanced.

All that's left to do is tie off your little knick knacks at various levels down the twine, and it's ready to hang!
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