Silverware Fish Chime
Turn old spoons into musical guppies
By Wendy Becktold
Wind chimes can be incredibly sophisticated, with pipes cut to calculated lengths to produce specific notes. But I just wanted something simple that would look and sound pleasant--and that wasn't mass-produced.
I liked the wind chimes I found online that were fashioned from silverware, especially one with spoons turned into dangling schools of fish. I nearly bought it, but decided to try making my own instead. I'm all for supporting artists who recycle old household items into such delightful creations, and I often worry that I'm not talented enough to replicate something a professional has made. But I love overcoming those doubts. I see it as a form of environmental activism: The more stuff I make, the less I just reflexively buy.
And it's fun. I dug some old spoons out of our overstocked silverware drawer, sawed off the handles, pounded the bowls flat, and drilled two holes in each piece--one for an eye and one for some fishing line. I hung my piscine music makers from the lid of a silver sugar bowl, put them out on the porch, and listened to them swim.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 6 | CONSTRUCTION TIME: 6-8 HOURS
It's important to have a solid, well-anchored vise to secure the spoons while you cut and drill.
What You'll Need:
- 4 to 6 spoons of similar shape and size
- Heavy hammer or mallet
- A bunch of sturdy paper (like poster board)
- Rotary tool with a high-quality bit for cutting metal
- Sanding bit and/or file
- Rubber band
- Lid from a sugar bowl or small cooking pot (preferably with a handle on the top)
- Measuring tape
- Fishing line
- Electric drill with a high-quality bit for drilling through metal
Inspired by the designs of Neva Starr at etsy.com/shop/nevastarr.