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DIY Decorative Clay Chimes + Vintage Patio Chairs

DIY Decorative Clay Chimes + Vintage Patio Chairs

In in between key renovation initiatives listed here in Florida, I arrived up with an idea to make ornamental hanging chimes with clay. I wasn’t absolutely sure if it would perform, but I continue to gave it a go. I’m happy to say it actually turned out fairly interesting so I hung it exterior above my vintage patio chairs that I refurbished (tale down below).

I like the repetition in the clay circles and the resemblance to wind chimes. Truth of the matter is, these strands are not truly chimes at all because they make no seem, they’re definitely much more like a cellular, but I affiliate a cellular with a infant nursery so I determine to simply call them chimes alternatively.

I can also visualize identical strings of clay circles strung in a linear structure like a macrame wall hanging. I regarded as that arrangement but selected to make these look a lot more like wind chimes for the attractive and sculptural effect.

Frist, how to recreate the chimes then the fast tale on these vintage patio chairs. I bought all my craft materials at my local Michaels:  2 offers 2.2 lb air dry modeling clay 3 ply ivory jute twine out of doors acrylic paints in colors of decision a 9 inch wood plaque, and craft paintbrushes. You’ll also want a rolling pin to flatten the clay wax paper circle formed residence cups/cutters in several sizes allen wrench paper bowls/cups for paint sanding wedge or foot scrubber (see impression below) energy drill with 1/8” drill little bit to make holes in wood plaque.

Aaaaaannd… you are going to also require tolerance for this challenge, it took numerous days days from start out to end and 6 hrs of my time. Chopping the clay takes at least an hour, then you require to wait a total day for them to dry. The next day you can paint them but you’ll need to have to flip them over and allow for equally sides to dry totally. The 3rd day you can string it jointly but that also takes a few hrs. I gave myself 4 total times get started to complete, coming again to the job for an hour or two every single day till it was completed.

Beneath are the steps, begin to finish. I’m also introducing a video to Instagram far too so you can visualize how it will come collectively. Very first, roll a handful of ounces of clay flat, transfer to wax paper, and use cutting tools to make circles in various sizes. To lower the clay, I employed stemless wine glasses, champagne flutes, a salad dressing cap, and the cap to my deodorant to make the base oval form.


Immediately after the circles are minimize, use an allen wrench to pierce the clay circles with little openings. Enable them dry on new lengths of wax paper for 12 hrs on each aspect, 24 hours complete.


Count on imperfection in the outcomes, that’s component of the charm. 🙂

At the time the clay circles are entirely dry, easy the edges. You can use both a medium grit sanding wedge or what I identified to be much better was a pedicure foot scrubber!

At the time they are clean, paint them any color you select. If hanging outdoors opt for outside acrylic paint, if handing indoors, frequent acrylic paint will be fine.

Outdoor acrylic paints come in limited shades so I combined a pistachio environmentally friendly hue and extra it to fifty percent the circles.

It was too vivid for me so I painted in excess of the total circle with a slender coat of white so it would appear additional bleached out and beachy. The last colour seems to be to me like a colour you’d obtain in saltwater taffy. 🙂

The most time consuming aspect is the assembly. It took me a complete two hrs to string all the clay in buy then hook up them to the wooden plaque. I had to separate the twine and utilised 1 strand to safe the clay pieces to every other and 2 strands to attach to the wood plaque. Limited strands connect the clay circles, one particular lengthy strand by means of holes in the plaque occur collectively to variety the top rated hanging part.

To attach the strings of clay circles to the wooden plaque, use a 1/8” drill bit to produce holes in the four corners, 4 midpoints, and heart of the wood plaque. (not proven). Paint it any shade of preference, I selected white.

Immediately after two hours of assembly, it came with each other and I hung the clay chimes outdoors. I like how it dances in the wind. I can see it from the sunroom when I peek out the window too. It seems quite great looking out from the inside of the house.

It’s a enjoyable focal position on the patio over the classic patio chairs. If hanging outdoor, I endorse hanging in a shielded space away from immediate dampness and only maintaining it up throughout great temperature. I have no plan how extended this will past, it is an experiment. Fortunately, any loose strands could be repaired with fresh twine. 🙂

So…. the tale on the chairs! The initially 7 days I arrived in Sarasota I had the great fortune of finding a seller of classic finds, a vendor who goes to community estate gross sales and grabs wonderful parts then sells them in her eBay keep and ships throughout the Usa. I uncovered her simply because I experienced bought a pair of vintage twin rattan headboards for our guest space then learned she lived in the exact same town! I then found out she also had a pair of classic Russell Woodard midcentury chairs, woah, beloved these!

These are spun fiberglass chairs from the 1960s, the layout is so amazing. They in shape the midcentury satisfies coastal type I’m going for. I paid out $100 every single, and they offer for a great deal more on Chairish or 1st Dibs. I refinished them in two coats of Common Spray Paint in white, then extra cushions I observed listed here and below. I purchased various sizing cushions given that the dimensions of the seats are slightly different dimensions.

Pillows from this fabulous Etsy shop. Fluted pink tumblers from right here. Coral vase/candle holder from a community store on clearance, also spray painted.

Palm clippings from my garden. Photos from my Iphone simply because I’m lazy. 🙂