Xylophone Windchime From a Children's Toy

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Introduction: Xylophone Windchime From a Children's Toy

About: I like making things out of items that would have otherwise been discarded. Check out my other projects!

Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive project that will bring back fond memories of childhood for almost anyone. Bright colors and memorable tones make this a nice gift for someone of almost any age and interest.

Any mention of this project must provide a link to www.zieak.com with credit to Ryan McFarland.

Materials:
Old toy xylophone (actually more accurately a Metallophone)
Beaded key chains
3 feet of beaded chain
2 oval compression sleeves for cable
Piece of scrap metal or wood

Tools:
Eye protection
Side cutting or diagonal cutting pliers
Power drill
Bits
Vice grip pliers
Square and tape measure
Hand saw for metal or wood

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    10 Comments

    this is a good one i will be making one if i can find the toy to do it,thanks

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    SugarTeen52
    SugarTeen52

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I work on miniature projects a lot. I'm hoping to make miniature wind chimes, but I can't find anything inaffordable enough (like household materials such as paper clips) that makes a nice jangly noise. Do you have any suggestions?

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    evil_jweller
    evil_jweller

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    check out the local hardware store. Copper pipe is relatively cheap, looks nice if you polish it up, and can be tuned by cutting to length. Maybe a little bit large for what you want, but wander around the plumbing section and you should get some ideas.

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    SugarTeen52
    SugarTeen52

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    P.S. I'm using the same loop for the wind chimes as I do for my dream catchers in an instructable I made, so that might give you an idea of the size range I'm talking about.

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    bill95
    bill95

    13 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder whether putting the chimes in a different order would make it more musical - C, E, G, B, D, F, A, C (or purple, dark green, yellow, red, blue, light green, orange, purple)

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    Kiribub
    Kiribub

    13 years ago

    Nice job! If you remove say, every other bar, you might eliminate some dissonance, and have enough to make a second set.