DIY Ornamental Clay Chimes + Classic Patio Chairs

In between main renovation initiatives right here in Florida, I’ve got here up with an concept to create ornamental hanging chimes with clay. I wasn’t positive if it will work, however I nonetheless gave it a go. I’m happy to say it truly turned out fairly cool so I hung it outdoors over my classic patio chairs that I refurbished (story beneath).

I just like the repetition within the clay circles and the resemblance to wind chimes. Reality is, these strands aren’t actually chimes in any respect since they make no sound, they’re actually extra like a cell, however I affiliate a cell with a child nursery so I resolve to name them chimes as an alternative.

I also can visualize related strings of clay circles strung in a linear format like a macrame wall hanging. I thought-about that association however selected to make these look extra like wind chimes for the ornamental and sculptural impact.

Frist, find out how to recreate the chimes then the fast story on these classic patio chairs. I purchased all my craft provides at my native Michaels:  2 packages 2.2 lb air dry modeling clay; 3 ply ivory jute twine; outside acrylic paints in colours of alternative; a 9 inch wood plaque, and craft paintbrushes. You’ll additionally want a rolling pin to flatten the clay; wax paper; circle formed family cups/cutters in numerous sizes; allen wrench; paper bowls/cups for paint; sanding wedge or foot scrubber (see picture beneath); energy drill with 1/8” drill bit to make holes in wooden plaque.

Aaaaaannd… you’ll additionally want endurance for this mission, it took a number of days days from begin to end and 6 hours of my time. Slicing the clay takes at the very least an hour, then it is advisable to wait a full day for them to dry. The following day you possibly can paint them however you’ll must flip them over and permit either side to dry absolutely. The third day you possibly can string it collectively however that additionally takes a number of hours. I gave myself 4 full days begin to end, coming again to the mission for an hour or two every day till it was completed.

Under are the steps, begin to end. I’m additionally including a video to Instagram too so you possibly can visualize the way it comes collectively. First, roll a number of ounces of clay flat, switch to wax paper, and use chopping instruments to make circles in numerous sizes. To chop the clay, I used stemless wine glasses, champagne flutes, a salad dressing cap, and the cap to my deodorant to make the underside oval form.


After the circles are minimize, use an allen wrench to pierce the clay circles with small openings. Allow them to dry on contemporary lengths of wax paper for 12 hours on both sides, 24 hours complete.


Count on imperfection within the outcomes, that’s a part of the appeal. 🙂

As soon as the clay circles are utterly dry, easy the sides. You should utilize both a medium grit sanding wedge or what I discovered to be higher was a pedicure foot scrubber!

As soon as they’re easy, paint them any shade you select. If hanging outdoor select outside acrylic paint, if handing indoors, common acrylic paint will probably be advantageous.

Outside acrylic paints are available in restricted colours so I combined a pistachio inexperienced hue and added it to half the circles.

It was too vivid for me so I painted over your entire circle with a skinny coat of white so it will look extra bleached out and beachy. The ultimate shade appears to be like to me like a shade you’d discover in saltwater taffy. 🙂

Essentially the most time consuming half is the meeting. It took me a full two hours to string all of the clay so as then join them to the wooden plaque. I needed to separate the twine and used 1 strand to safe the clay items to one another and a pair of strands to connect to the wooden plaque. Quick strands join the clay circles, one lengthy strand via holes within the plaque come collectively to type the highest hanging portion.

To connect the strings of clay circles to the wooden plaque, use a 1/8” drill bit to create holes within the 4 corners, 4 midpoints, and middle of the wooden plaque. (not proven). Paint it any shade of alternative, I selected white.

After two hours of meeting, it got here collectively and I hung the clay chimes outdoors. I like the way it dances within the wind. I can see it from the sunroom once I peek out the window too. It appears to be like very cool searching from the within of the home.

It’s a enjoyable point of interest on the patio above the classic patio chairs. If hanging outdoor, I like to recommend hanging in a protected space away from direct moisture and solely conserving it up throughout good climate. I don’t know how lengthy this may final, it’s an experiment. Fortunately, any free strands could possibly be repaired with contemporary twine. 🙂

So…. the story on the chairs! The primary week I arrived in Sarasota I had the nice fortune of discovering a vendor of classic finds, a seller who goes to native property gross sales and grabs nice items then sells them in her eBay store and ships throughout the USA. I discovered her as a result of I had purchased a pair of classic twin rattan headboards for out visitor room then found she lived in the identical city! I then found she additionally had a pair of classic Russell Woodard midcentury chairs, woah, beloved these!

These are spun fiberglass chairs from the Nineteen Sixties, the design is so cool. They match the midcentury meets coastal model I’m going for. I paid $100 every, they usually promote for lots extra on Chairish or 1st Dibs. I refinished them in two coats of Universal Spray Paint in white, then added cushions I discovered here and here. I purchased completely different measurement cushions because the dimensions of the seats are barely completely different sizes.

Pillows from this fabulous Etsy shop. Fluted pink tumblers from here. Coral vase/candle holder from an area store on clearance, additionally spray painted.

Palm clippings from my yard. Footage from my iPhone as a result of I’m lazy. 🙂


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