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I had this idea floating around my head for some time now, at least a year if not longer.  But I was always too busy with other projects to make it. One evening few weeks ago as I was out on then balcony enjoying the warm summer breeze and thought how nice it would be to finally make myself a wind chime with lights.  It is a really simple idea,  just combine a solar light with a wind chime and watch the lights dance in the breeze in time with the chimes.

I've included a video, but unfortunately my camera doesn't pick up the light well :(
 
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Step 1: What you will need

Materials:
  • Small solar garden light ( I picked one up at a dollar store.)
  • Wind chimes or parts of a wind chime, namely the metal rods (you can get these cheat at a dollar store)
  • Extra LEDs I used two, a blue and a green one
  • Glass beads, a piece of beach glass and wire
  • String and a hanger
  • Plastic lid
Tools:
  • Dremel
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Large sewing needle
  • Wire and soldering iron (or if you are like me and hate soldering -conductive thread)

Step 3: Prepare lights

The solar light that I bought had only one LED but I needed an LED for each rod. So I opened the light housing and added the two addition LEDs in parallel.  (As you can see I used conductive thread to connect the LEDs, this is not ideal but I just really don't like/am not very good at soldering). 

rimar20002 years ago
Good idea, I add a suggest:

If you "tune" the lengths of the tubes, in order to obtain a [major, preferable] chord, the improvement is AWESOME.

A major chord is in example C-E-G. A minor works, too, (C,Eb,G) but I prefer major. It sounds more cheerful.
r6geo rimar20006 months ago

Tune the chimes After the holes are made, as the holes do affect the sound.

rimar2000 r6geo6 months ago

Good point, r6geo.

ChrysN (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thank you, that is good advice. I guess that is why some wind chimes sound melodious and others just sound like noise.
Yes, I repeat: the effect is awesome.
grimguy11 year ago
Rad
gantsa1 year ago
very nice :)
ChrysN (author)  gantsa1 year ago
Thanks!
JasonE1 year ago
Fine work! I'll be making one of these!
azharz2 years ago
Nice instructable.
ChrysN (author)  azharz2 years ago
Thanks!
bruce50002 years ago
were do you fin led, lights & what is condutivr thread ive never heardof it thanks, good work
ChrysN (author)  bruce50002 years ago
You can use wire instead of conductive thread if you don't mind soldering. Conductive is a sew-able conductive material. Here is a link for the thread:http://soft-circuit.com/.

You can get LED lights on ebay:http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_nkw=led+5mm&_frs=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m359

or someplace like this: http://www.ledshoppe.com/led5mm.htm


thanks ill have to try that
sunshiine2 years ago
I love wind chimes! Especially this one! Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
That is awesome! More wind chimes should light up!
CrLz2 years ago
Stunning idea, transcendental!
That is amazing! And beautiful!
ChrysN (author)  LauraLauraLynn2 years ago
Thanks!