Colored crystals make a sparkling garden wind chime
Flea market finds and unusual silver goblets combined with beads make an amazing garden chime to hang in a tree or from a pergola. Shea Ricci from near Rochester, New York, created this wind chime chandelier from odds and ends she found, including a set of a dozen very unique silver glasses.
She also collected several wire baskets in different sizes and colors. She says,“I’m always collecting these wire baskets and set them aside until I have the right base for the right project.”
“I decided to make swag lamps with the two brown baskets. Other baskets will just get beaded for the garden or elsewhere. A few will get silverware hung from them, ” Shea says.
Fun! Items to use as wind chime ‘clangers’
You may not be able to find metal goblets or glasses like Shea’s, but it will be fun to see what else can be used.:
- Bottle caps
- Metal tubes
- Sea shells or glass
- Stained glass rectangles
- Metal gears
- Watch parts
- Tiny glass bottles
Shea says, “Putting the chandelier together after that was a one day project. I hung the upside down basket from an old mattress springs across the rafters on my screen porch as I worked.”
I used jewelry wire on which I strung beads and used jewelry crimps at the ends.”
“I had intended to drill the bottoms of each metal goblet but even a tile bit wouldn’t go through so I switched gears and glued jump rings to the bottom.
Tip: You want to let the glued jump rings set for a couple days before moving on to the next part of the project.”
Shea says, “I formed a tripod at each bottom and ran a strand up from there so that each glass would swing freely. The beads are strung with larger plastic ones at the tops and then smaller beads for the glass ‘tripods’ near the goblets.”
“I’d never seen these metal silver plated champagne goblets before. They should make a fabulous sound when they hit together. I liked the first so well that I’m making a second smaller one,” Shea tells us. Can you imagine how this must sound?