Here's what we're going to make today. It's a little wind chime with some sparkly sun-catcher prisms in it. Pretty, don't you think?
Heres what you'll need:
- Big Shot Machine
- Tim Holtz Movers + Shapers Mini Ticket Set
- Sizzix EcoEtch Die: Deco Motif and India Archway
- Vintaj: Natural Brass Circles, Bird
- Maya Road Brass Butterflies
- Various Colors of Spray Paint
- Faceted Glass Chandelier Beads
- Various colored beads
- Wooden Beads, painted or plain
- Rocks, Shells, Bells, Bottle Caps, Charms, Keys Fishing Lures or whatever you like to hang
- Silver Plate Butter Dish -- Vintage/Recycled
- Tim Holtz Screw Punch
- Tin Sheets
- 20 Pound Fishing Line
- Electric Drill
- A Willing and Helpful Husband -- I asked my husband to help me with drilling the butter dish -- because if there was ANY possible way I could hurt myself doing it I would. Plus, he's a better driller than I am :-D
So, let's get started.
- Before I did any drilling (I being my Man) on the butter dish I gathered all the items and prepared them for stringing. I spray painted the brass shapes from Vintaj with black or red and let them dry. When they were dry I embossed them with the EcoEtch Die and sanded them with a sanding block to reveal the pattern. Oh, they made me so happy!
- If they needed a second hole drilled in them I used my Tim Holtz Screw Punch to do that. I love this tool -- it saves my hand punches when I want a hole in some metal. I've ruined so many 1/8" punches by trying to use them to make a hole!
- I also used the Mini-Ticket Magnetic Movers + Shapers Set and a sheet of tin to create some mini tickets that I could add to my wind chime/sun catcher. If you don't have the pre-made brass bird, butterflies and circles but have dies you could cut your own from any type of metal -- soda cans work great just be CAREFUL when you cut them apart!
- I used my Big Shot to squash the bottle caps and then drilled a hole in the center of each one. I thought they might sound like a tambourine when it gets really windy!
- When you have all the elements ready you will need to prepare the butter dish. This is where my husband helped me. I marked on all 4 sides of the dish (5 holes on each of the long sides and 2 on the ends) with a marker where I wanted him to drill the holes -- I think he used a 1/8" drill bit.
- When he was done I sanded down any rough edges with a sanding block.
- Now I just need to cut a piece of fishing line and start creating the beaded strands. I tried to make them all different -- and different lengths too so they would swing in the wind and create soft, relaxing sounds.
- I cut the fishing line about 30" to 36" long and placed the end piece at the center mark. This would give me 2 pieces of fishing line to tie in a knot to the butter dish. Then I started stringing the beads, rocks, shells and other items to create my strands. They range in length -- the shortest is about 8" long and the longest one is about 12".
- When each strand was complete I tied it to the butter dish. I did try and hide the knot on the inside. Since I don't know any fancy knots I just tied a 5 or 6 regular knots and pulled them tight, then I trimmed the ends to about 1/2" long.
Doesn't it look awesome? I can't wait to hang it outside and hear the sweet wind chimey sounds on a breezy day!
This project took me a few hours -- but it was totally worth it. I think I'm going to make another one with the other part of the dish.
THANKS for joining me today for this project brought to you by Sizzix! Have a great day and see you next time!