Summer breeze, makes me feel fine…

One of my all-time favorite songs, and I’m thinking about it right now.  There’s a gentle breeze blowing, the sun is shining, and I have a new wind chime hanging in my garden that I made ALL BY MYSELF.


Copper and Jasper Wind Chime

I love wind chimes.  This one’s a prototype – it really doesn’t have a nice tone to it, but I love the light and delicate swingy-ness of it.  I also love that it’s made from all recycled copper, along with some stones that I had sitting around the studio.  It was fun to make, while it looks pretty simple, I had to

  • cut out the discs and clean them
  • drill a hole in the center of the “umbrella” discs and holes at the tops (and bottoms) of the connectors
  • solder wire to the discs
  • make loops on each section of wire
  • connect everything.

It took a couple of days of planning, plotting, and working to get it to a state I was happy with.  I’d get one section done and step aside to think through how I’d do the next.  Quite a different process from what I usually do, especially with maille, which is very repetitive and pattern based!

But I’m happy with my little wind chime.  And I’ll make more.  They’ll all be unique works of art, because I don’t want to do the same thing more than once.  Maybe they’ll be a sales “fail”, but if so, I know a garden that will welcome them.