How to Craft Chimes
Did you know that you could take old reddish-brown clay made of unglazed ceramics to make chimes?
(Terra Cotta Pots)
The pots will make up a nice batch of chimes. To get started you will need up to ten ceramic pots. The
diameter should be around 1 ¼ inch and up to 1 ¾ inches. You will need wood, 4 inches time’s six plates
and varnish finish. You will need up to ten 5/8 inch grommet screws. Add up to ten rounds of beads made of
wood and around 3/8 inches of spool, i.e. up to 30 pounds of anglers’ line. You will need wire up to 20
yardsticks, i.e. spools and a 7/8 inch grommet screw.
How to make chimes:
Now you are ready to make your chimes. On the wooden plates, add a coat of varnish, allow drying, and
continuing a few times adding the varnish as needed. Use your grommet 5/8 screw, and screw it in by hand,
screwing it into the plate. If you add, additional screws keep them an inch apart. Cut your line measuring
lengthwise. Next, at each end feed the line through, and into the grommet screw. Work the line through until
you reach the lower region of the vessel.
Once you finish the step, run another line measuring lengthwise through your beads of wood, and fasten so
that it forms a dual bond. You can use adhesives to fasten the area if you feel the need to do so.
Take the other vessels you have available to create your chimes, threading them and regulate the
measurement lengthwise as needed. You can now add the grommet 7/8 screws to hang your chimes. Fasten
the screws at the middle of your crown plate. Use the wire outlined in this article to hang your chimes.
You are now finished with your chimes. To complete this article I will give you a few tips on crafting snakes
to place beneath the lower areas of your door so that you can keep wind out during the cold months.
If you do not have a yard of fabric around your house, purchase a yard of strong textile weaves of fabric or
corduroy. You will need thread that coordinates with your fabric. In addition, you will need stuffing, dry
beans, and rice. Add some adhesives and felt, preferably red, white, and black.
Next, gather your fabric and trim up to 10 inches wide, and around 6-inches lengthwise. Measure your door
before cutting, since you will need length wider than the bottom area of your door. Use two parts of the
outer regions of your fabric, gather and hand or machine sew at least 3 sides and around 3/8 inches away
from the edge of your fabric. You will need to leave a short region of your fabric available. On the right side
of your fabric conceal your seams and add your filling, i.e. stuffing. Turn up your edges and then stitch them
and choose additives to design your snake.
You can use glue, buttons, studs, etc to make your eyes if you choose to do so. As well, you can use your
felt to make up the mouth, nose, and so on. Use the red felt to make the lips, tongue, etc, and the black to
make up the surrounding features about the eyes, since as lids, or brows.
The snakes will make up a great warming gift also. You can craft a few to give to your friends, as well as
keep a few around your home to keep it warm in the winter months.
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