I’ve made a lot of silverware wind chimes over the years, and with warm weather hopefully coming some time soon I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a new version. One day I was sitting and looking out the living room window contemplating my options while looking at my garden cafe with all its spray painted pieces… and an idea came to me. A spray painted silverware wind chime.
It’s something I’ve never tried, and I’m always game to try something new.
And just in time for the Thrifty Chicks Monthly Project Challenge, which this month is silverware.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s silverware challenge.
To create this chime I pulled items from my wind chime supply stashes.
A silver plate sugar bowl
Silver split rings
A silver clear beaded necklace and chandelier crystal
Silver plate spoons and forks, 3 of each
The first thing to do is create the holes in the sugar bowl.
To do this I wrapped a sewing measuring tape around it, and marked where I wanted my holes to go.
How many holes you need depends on how many chimes you want to hang. I’m hanging 6 so I spaced the holes accordingly.
The I used my drill with a 1/16″ metal drill bit to drill in the holes. I also did this for two holes at the top to hang the whole chime.
Always wear safety glasses whenever using a drill, but it’s especially important when drilling into metal like this.
I gave my sugar bowl and silverware a good polishing. I’m not sure this is necessary, but I wasn’t sure how tarnish would affect spray paint.
I have a stash of spoons and forks that I’ve already flattened, hand stamped, and drilled holes into. I do a bunch at a time so I always have some on hand. To learn how to do this yourself check out this hand stamped bookmark tutorial.
I took them out to my portable garage and gave them a couple of coats of a pretty pink chalk spray paint, doing the front and the backs of the spoons and fork handles.
To me they look like they’re been dipped in pink prettiness.
I divided the necklace into size parts, and added split rings to each end.
Since the forks are a little longer than the spoons I made those chains a little bit shorter so they would hang at the same level.
And I attached them to the spoons using the split rings.
And them I attached the split rings on the other end to the sugar bowl.
The silverware looked unfinished to me so I decided to bling it up a bit, because who doesn’t love a little bling, by adding some faux aurora borealis rhinestones from a bracelet.
I just used teeny dabs of E6000 glue, and added the rhinestones to both sides of the silverware so no matter which way the wind blows them they’ll always look good.
When I took the necklace apart I saved two pieces to hang the whole wind chime, and I attached them with split rings.
The sugar bowl looked a little plain to me so a little more bling to the rescue with part of a faux rhinestone bracelet… again glued with E6000.
I love repurposing thrifted necklaces for hanging chimes. It makes every wind chime truly unique.
I decided not to spray with a top coat because I’m curious to see how the weather will affect the paint… if at all.
This is an experiment. I love experiments! 🙂
Once winter is no longer threatening here, I’ll hang my pretty in pink wind chime outside on the back deck and keep it out until fall… and I’ll be sure to share how it did.
Of course you could always put it on a covered porch or deck to shield it from the weather.
The whole chime hangs from a 1″ key ring, a nice thick one that can take the weight.
And I always finish my chimes off with a chandelier crystal at the top because I have a stash of them, but you could use anything you have.
So I hope you enjoyed my spray painted silverware wind chime.
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their silverware projects.
Just click on the links beside the blog names below to check them out.
1. Shoppe No. 5 – How to Make a Candle Holder using a Serving Spoon
2. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s my Spray Painted Silverware Wind Chime
3. Little Vintage Cottage – Upcycled Silverware Lapel Pin
4. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Vintage Silverware Art for the Kitchen
5.Adirondack Girl at Heart – DIY Vintage Fork Easel
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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