I just found out about this Steampunk challenge and with only one day to make I had to come up with something simple and easy.This will also make it easier to make for people with not many technical skills.
-metal heating pipe(or any other metal pipe)
-one or two pipe clamps
-pipecutter(or saw but a pipecutter gives you cleaner cuts)
-drill (a drill press is optional but makes work much,much easier and less tiring)
For the electroplating you need:
-batteries(old batteries are great for this)
-piece of copper
-leads with clips
-vinegar(I used the kind meant for cleaning)
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Step 1: Pick That Pipe
Find your metal pipe,I found mine in a skip.But if you are not so lucky you can make a trip to the DIY store.
Cut your pipe to size,my wind chime has 6 pieces,but you can make it as big as you want of course.
Then it's time to drill some holes.Clamp the piece of pipe in a vice and use a drill or drill press to make a through a through hole.
I strongly recommend using a vice no matter if you use a drill press or not.It is not easy drilling holes in metal pipe and a slipping
drill can lead to holes in the wrong places.
Step 2: Plate That Pipe
Now comes the fun part,for me at least.
Fill your glass vessel with vinegar,then hook up some wires to the battery.The "+" goes to the piece of copper,the "-" to the pipe.
Make sure only the copper is in the vinegar,not the clip.For the pipe this doesn't matter.After a few seconds you'll already see
bubbles escaping from the pipe.You can watch these if you like,or go do something else.......
I usually let the plating go on overnight.
For the longer pieces of pipe you might need to turn these around if your glass vessel is not tall enough.
Step 3: Hang Those Pipes
A great bonus from my salvaged heating pipe was that it had a nice bend in it,so I used a piece with the bend to hang the pieces from.
I drilled six holes through and through,once again using the drill press.
On my wind chime I used copper wire but of course any other type of wire or string works.
Your wind chime is almost finished !Now find a spot to hang it from,preferably where it catches some wind.Use the pipe clamp or clamps
to attach it where you want it.
At this moment I don't how the pipes will hold up after they've been exposed to the weather for awhile(will they rust heavily or not?)
I might have to give them a coating of linseed oil.