Copper Rain Chain

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Introduction: Copper Rain Chain

This is a copper rain chain I made for my wife, she convinced me to enter it into the Etsy Sewuseful contest. And here's the link to it on Etsy copper rain chain

I guess I should mention what a rain chain is, it's an alternate to a downspout, it guides the water and breaks up the flow, they originated in Asia.

Step 1: You Will Need

1/4" soft copper tubing 3.5 times as long as you'd like the finished chain
2" pvc pipe
diagonal cutters
lead free solder
blow torch
heavy leather gloves
flux
pliers


Step 2: Coiling the Copper

In this first step you'll only need the copper tubing and the pvc. Grip the end of the copper tubing and the pvc tightly in one hand, now start wrapping the copper around the pvc while pulling on the copper to prevent kinking. You should end up witha nice coil that looks like it belongs on a still ;-)



Step 3: Separating the Rings

Take the pair of diagonal cutters and snip the coil into rings. That was easy.


Step 4: Making the Chain

First we need to adjust the rings. Carefully adjust them unto the two end line up, if your snipping was consistent you're ready to solder, if not, then pliers can be used for less delicate adjusting.



Step 5: But Don't Solder Yet!!

You need to link the rings before soldering. Now that they're linked brush each joint with a little soldering flux, heat it in the torch and flow in some lead free solder.

PS this is where you need the gloves, copper in an excellent conductor of heat.


Step 6: Hanging

Hanging is simplicity itself, remove old down spout, feed the topmost copper ring up through the hole and insert a spare piece of straight copper to span the downspout through the topmost ring. Now wait for rain, with our drought I simulated it with the hose. ;-)


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    I've seen this in a Japanese temple, it doesn't sound but guide the water from the canopy, the day was a rainny day.

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    So, how does it sound?

    The Japanese used these as the sounds from the water falling on the rings made little tinkling sounds. They also designed some with bell-like shapes so they did make a "ding" when water hit. Of course, in a torrential downpour, not much can be heard anyway!

    well the only problem i see is that its copper =(.
    it will disappear in a week

    What? - you mean someone will steal it?... copper contains no iron so doesn't rust. why are all your copper water pipes still there? ;-)

    still there? Duh... 'cause they are in the house !

    I've been searching all over and I cannot find an answer... does the chain have to be copper? If so, why? If not, what is the advantage of copper over another metal (or even plastic)?

    This is a great 'ible and I really want to do this!

    Nope you're free to use what you like, but, copper is pretty, easy to work with and easy to solder, and corrodes in such lovely fashion.

    wish you used tube cutters . the flat cuts look bad ,

    If you hadn't pointed out the fact that they had flat cuts, I'd never have seen it.