Repurposed Teapot Wind Chime

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Teapot wind chimes are one of the most fun things I repurpose.  They are the first repurposing craft that Sunrose Gallery asked me to make.  I have sold over a hundred of them and they make an easy, inexpensive gift.  They can hang outside on the patio but most folks like them hanging in the kitchen or diningroom.

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The supplies are easy, a teapot, something to use for the “gonger” and some flatware.

 

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I use 18 gauge wire to wire wrap the flatware.  Lots of folks like to drill a hole in the flatware but I like the added design element the swirls make.

Spray paint the flatware and while it is drying you can work on getting the teapot turned into a windchime.

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Cut a 20″ piece of 18 gauge wire and make a large swirl so the wire can’t pull out of the spout hole.  Thread it through the spout.

 

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After the wire is through the spout, make a swirl like the photo.

Cut two 8″ pieces of 18 gauge wire and bend them so they loop in the middle and follow the directions in the photos.  Cut one piece of 5″ wire and attach it to the looped sections as demonstrated in the last photo.  After the straight wire is attached, fill it with complimentary beads and make a loop on the bottom so you can attach the gonger.

 

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Make a bend down of all the end wires.

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Then loop them up.

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Now you can attach the flatware and close the loops.

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Don’t forget the bottom.  I attach a pretty button to decorate it.

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A teapot windchime is a cute and practical gift.  This windchime cost about $6.50 to make!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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