DIY Decorative Clay Chimes + Vintage Patio Chairs

In in between big renovation initiatives below in Florida, I arrived up with an thought to make decorative hanging chimes with clay. I wasn’t confident if it would do the job, but I even now gave it a go. I’m happy to say it in fact turned out fairly interesting so I hung it outdoors about my classic patio chairs that I refurbished (tale under).

I like the repetition in the clay circles and the resemblance to wind chimes. Real truth is, these strands aren’t seriously chimes at all considering that they make no sound, they’re definitely additional like a cell, but I affiliate a mobile with a toddler nursery so I come to a decision to simply call them chimes as a substitute.

I can also visualize comparable strings of clay circles strung in a linear structure like a macrame wall hanging. I thought of that arrangement but chose to make these glimpse more like wind chimes for the decorative and sculptural effect.

Frist, how to recreate the chimes then the swift tale on people classic patio chairs. I purchased all my craft materials at my community Michaels:  2 packages 2.2 lb air dry modeling clay 3 ply ivory jute twine outside acrylic paints in shades of preference a 9 inch wooden plaque, and craft paintbrushes. You will also need a rolling pin to flatten the clay wax paper circle formed house cups/cutters in different measurements allen wrench paper bowls/cups for paint sanding wedge or foot scrubber (see image underneath) energy drill with 1/8” drill bit to make holes in wood plaque.

Aaaaaannd… you will also will need persistence for this challenge, it took numerous days days from get started to finish and six hours of my time. Chopping the clay requires at least an hour, then you want to wait a total day for them to dry. The next working day you can paint them but you are going to require to flip them over and let both sides to dry entirely. The 3rd day you can string it alongside one another but that also normally takes a couple of hours. I gave myself 4 total days start out to complete, coming back to the venture for an hour or two every day right until it was concluded.

Below are the actions, begin to finish. I’m also adding a video to Instagram also so you can visualize how it comes alongside one another. Very first, roll a number of ounces of clay flat, transfer to wax paper, and use chopping applications to make circles in different dimensions. To lower the clay, I applied stemless wine glasses, champagne flutes, a salad dressing cap, and the cap to my deodorant to make the base oval form.


Soon after the circles are slash, use an allen wrench to pierce the clay circles with small openings. Let them dry on clean lengths of wax paper for 12 hours on each individual facet, 24 hrs whole.


Anticipate imperfection in the final results, that is component of the allure. 🙂

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

Once they are clean, paint them any color you decide on. If hanging outdoor decide on outside acrylic paint, if handing indoors, normal acrylic paint will be fine.

Out of doors acrylic paints appear in limited hues so I mixed a pistachio green hue and additional it to 50 % the circles.

It was far too vivid for me so I painted around the entire circle with a skinny coat of white so it would glimpse far more bleached out and beachy. The final colour appears to be to me like a colour you’d obtain in saltwater taffy. 🙂

The most time consuming section is the assembly. It took me a total two hours to string all the clay in order then connect them to the wood plaque. I had to different the twine and utilized 1 strand to protected the clay items to each other and 2 strands to attach to the wood plaque. Small strands connect the clay circles, just one lengthy strand by holes in the plaque come alongside one another to variety the prime hanging part.

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

Just after two hours of assembly, it came with each other and I hung the clay chimes exterior. I like how it dances in the wind. I can see it from the sunroom when I peek out the window as well. It appears to be like very awesome looking out from the inside of of the property.

It is a entertaining focal position on the patio over the vintage patio chairs. If hanging outdoors, I propose hanging in a secured region absent from immediate dampness and only maintaining it up in the course of excellent weather. I have no strategy how extended this will last, it is an experiment. Luckily, any unfastened strands could be fixed with clean twine. 🙂

So…. the story on the chairs! The to start with week I arrived in Sarasota I had the great fortune of exploring a vendor of classic finds, a supplier who goes to area estate revenue and grabs fantastic pieces then sells them in her eBay retail outlet and ships across the United states of america. I identified her for the reason that I experienced purchased a pair of vintage twin rattan headboards for our guest place then learned she lived in the exact city! I then identified she also experienced a pair of vintage Russell Woodard midcentury chairs, woah, loved these!

These are spun fiberglass chairs from the 1960s, the layout is so great. They in shape the midcentury fulfills coastal model I’m going for. I compensated $100 just about every, and they offer for a good deal far more on Chairish or 1st Dibs. I refinished them in two coats of Universal Spray Paint in white, then included cushions I discovered right here and in this article. I acquired distinctive dimensions cushions due to the fact the proportions of the seats are slightly unique sizes.

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

Palm clippings from my property. Shots from my Iphone because I’m lazy. 🙂


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