Intro: 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
lead free solder
heavy leather gloves
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. ;-)