How to Make Wind Chimes From Old Silverware

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    Start collecting miscellaneous pieces of silverware at yard sales and flea markets and make a wind chime this year for the gardener on your gift list. Match the flatware pattern or use a mixture of pieces to make each wind chimes individual and special.

    Things You'll Need

    • Fishing line
    • 1/16-inch drill bits
    • Needle-nose pliers
    • Blunt-end pliers
    • Safety glasses
    • Old silverware (4 spoons, 2-6 forks)

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    Preparing the Fork for the Hanger

    Drill a hole in a fork, in the middle of the flat area above the tines.

    Bend the tines with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Place the end of the pliers close to the body of the fork. Gently twist, moving the tines out to a 90-degree angle from the fork. Bend the middle tines north and south and outside tines east and west.

    Bend the tips of the tines into small loops by twisting them around the end of the pliers. Use a pair of regular pliers to finish closing the loops.

    Bend the top of the fork over to make a hook to hang on a tree branch.

    Preparing the Spoons and Assembling the Chime

    Drill a hole in a spoon as you did the forks: about 1/8 inch from top, using a 1/16-inch drill bit.

    Tie fishing line from the hole above the tines of the hanging fork to the hole in the base fork. Let the fork hang down about 6 inches.

    Tie fishing line into the small loops on the tines of the hanging fork and then to the holes in the spoons. The bowls of the spoons should hit the middle of the base fork's tines.

    • Work slowly and gently. Expect that some forks will break, so be sure to have a few extra on hand.
    • Wear safety glasses. Work slowly and carefully with the drill bit.