Hi, I like to try and make things for around my house and garden using mainly old and scrap materials. This project was made from bits and pieces I had lying around my garage. I don’t throw away anything as I think it will always have a use in the future!
Step 1: Have a Look at the Video Below.
The materials needed for this are some sheet copper, an old 7 inch circular saw blade, 7 inches of ½ inch copper pipe, threaded bar, 3 nuts, 2 washers and some electrical wire or strong fishing line.
The video actually shows two other easy garden art projects to try!
Step 2: Mark and Cut Out Birds
Firstly I downloaded and printed the outline of a bird from the internet. I used a swallow but you could have a different bird or even draw your own. I then transferred it to the sheet copper and cut it out using a tin snips * TIP Be careful of the sharp edges*
Step 3: Cutting the Blade
I had an old circular saw blade and decided to use this to mount the birds from. I used an angle grinder to cut the teeth off. *TIP use a paint can to mark the circle and a flap disc to smooth the edges when cut*
Step 4: Assembling the Top
I welded two nuts together to form a hook from which to hang the chime. This is then screwed onto the threaded bar, then a washer, the copper pipe, the blade, another washer and finally another nut to lock it all together.
Step 5: Drilling Holes and Attaching the Birds
Drill holes into the birds and saw blade to hang the birds from. Strip the insulation from the electrical wire using a utility knife to expose the wire. Use these wire strands to attach the birds to the blade. *TIP you could use fishing line instead of the wire to hand the birds (its more flexible)*
Step 6: Finishing
I purposely didn’t put any finish on the metal as I am hoping in time the copper will gain a nice patina and this will contrast against the rusted steel.
Step 7: Thats It!
And that’s it… the completed copper bird wind chime. I hope you like it.
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