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Key Chime Windchime

By Llyzabeth
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Edited to add: You guys are seriously awesome, you really are. A while ago I'd mentioned that I'd e-mail instructions to anybody who'd like to make one of these, and so far a dozen people have asked, I think that's pretty cool. So let's just make this easy: at the bottom of this description are the step by step instructions, feel free to copy and paste them and make your windchime. All I ask is that you send me a picture when you're done, I'd love to see them.

And a huge thank you to everybody who's pinned this on pinterest, that's super cool of you.

When I was a kid I had a fascination with keys, especially the old ornate ones or even the rusted forgotten ones you find by the side of the road. I didn't start seriously collecting them until I was in college, and I'd pick up one or two at flea markets and garage sales. My family started sending them to me after a while too. The whole mess of them traveled clear across the country with me before I finally DID something with them.

And it DOES sound nice, thank you.

Made from floral wire, a piece of plumbing equipment, chain, a teeny bit of puffy paint (to make little ridges so the wires don't slide into each other and tangle) and keys. Lots of keys.



STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Here you go! The short version is just to hang bigger and bigger keys on longer and longer wire, hang half of them all the way around a circular piece of metal then hang the other half continuing around the circle in between every other one you just hung, that'll make the double spiral.

The LONG version is here:

You'll need: straight floral wire, the piece of plumbing equipment (show the picture to a hardware guy, I don't know what it's called, but it's heavy and round and holds keys well) needlenose pliers, some chain to hang the whole thing from, and (optional) puffy paint.

Decide how many keys you want in the windchime (mine has about 52)

Arrange your keys from smallest to largest.

Get your straight floral wire (not the kind on a roll, the kind that comes pre-cut in a flat package is best.)

You'll want a piece of floral wire for each key, the longest piece will go with your biggest key.

Cut your wire in increments so your longest piece is, say 12 inches. Your next piece is 11.75 inches. Your next piece is 11.5 inches, etc etc, getting shorter by quarter inches.

When you have all your pieces cut, start with the longest.

You'll make a small loop in the bottom to hold the key, and a big loop at the top to attach to the plumbing equipment. (However you want to bend the wire is fine, I use needlenose pliers to bend a small bit of the wire towards me, then you bend it in a circle in the opposite direction to make a loop. Once the key is on the loop you can bend the end of the loop around the main stem of the wire if you like to "lock" it into place.)

Attach all the keys to the wires, the biggest key to the longest wire.

Now this part is optional, but helpful: take your plumbing equipment, and your puffy paint, and on the inside edge of where you're going to hang the wires, make one little ridge for each of your keys, then let it dry. I did that because when I first made it and hung the wires, the wires would slide into each other and bunch up. The puffy paint ridges keep the wires separate.

Once the paint is dry, attach four big chains to your plumbing equipment (I used leftover floral wire to attach it, and then fixed the four chains together at the top to an old keyring) because you'll want the plumbing equipment to be off the ground while you work.

Then start hanging wires. Start with the smallest key and hang that. (Make a loop similar to the one you made to hold the key, but this loop is big enough to attach to the plumbing equipment.) Then skip the next ridge and hang the next size key. You're skipping ridges because if you want that double loop you'll hang half your keys in a circle, then when you get to the end of the circle you'll keep going but put the keys in the ridges that you skipped. That makes the double loop, and also your smallest keys will be right next to wires that they can chime against when the wind blows.

And you're done, the keyring will make it easy to hang it. Careful that you don't drop it, if you bend or crunch the wires sometimes you can't get the kinks out of it and you'll need to recut a piece of wire.

Have fun! And send me pictures!
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Make
NIKON
Model
COOLPIX S600
Shutter Speed
10/1000 second
Aperture
F/2.7
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 10, 2009, 7:11:13 PM
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I am a locksmith and would love to make this. May I please have the instructions? Dj Deejayins@aol.com. Thank you!!
Llyzabeth's avatar
No problem, it's in the description, scroll down a paragraph and you'll see a "STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS." And if you could send me a picture when you're done, I'd love to see it!
gothikbutterfly's avatar
Love wind chimes and keys! :D  I'm going to have to make this!
Llyzabeth's avatar
Send me a picture when you do, I'd love to see it! And thanks for the fav!!
Please send me the instructions.  This looks adorable  steviesmom at somd dot us
Llyzabeth's avatar
You got it! I've just e-mailed you the instructions, let me know if they don't show up :)
melmo13's avatar
would you be able to send me these instructions in an email?
Llyzabeth's avatar
Certainly, send me your e-mail in a message and I'll send you the instructions :)
wow would you really do that send me the step by steps?
Llyzabeth's avatar
No problem, I sent you a note with all the instructions, let me know if you don't see it soon :)
Oh, Llyzabeth, I've had keys sitting here for decades. I'd love the instructions. You're very generous to send instructions to us. What is your email? Or, send to mine, JMColbert at aol dot com. Thank you.
Llyzabeth's avatar
No problem at all! I just sent them to your e-mail, let me know if you don't see them soon :)
This is just what I was looking for. I have 100 antique rusty old keys from an 1800's freighter and would love to make a wind chime out of them. Can you still send me the details instructions on how to make this?
Llyzabeth's avatar
No problem! I've just sent you a note, let me know if you have any questions :)
tabathak101's avatar
Llyzabeth would love to make one of these my grandfather passed a little over a year ago and while we where looking through some of his old tool boxes and sheds we came up on a med. size old rusty red tool box and it was locked after cutting the lock it was full of all kinds of keys id have to say close to a 1000 and i have been tryin to think of something to do with them i made a pic frame with some and put his and my childrens photo n but would love to have the step by step instructions on how u did this thank u so much u can let me know what u need from me to send it again thanks so much Tabatha
Llyzabeth's avatar
No problem at all! If you like, send me a private message with your e-mail address and I'll e-mail you a big detailed step-by-step document, it's really not hard at all to make :)
Charlene-Art's avatar
That is a really neat idea - what a great way to store your keys :P
Llyzabeth's avatar
Thanks! And YOU are AWESOME. Thanks so much for all the faves and the really nice words, you just made my whole week :)
Charlene-Art's avatar
No worries, I love supporting awesome artists :D
gilliancarson's avatar
this is awesome, great work! how long did it take to make?
Llyzabeth's avatar
Not too long, maybe four hours total (sorting keys into size, measuring and cutting wire, twisting hooks into both ends and hanging everything.) What took a REALLY long time was just getting around to doing it, I swear I had all the materials sitting around for ages. Procrastination, thy name is LLyzabeth :)

Thanks for the fav!!
FinalVirucide's avatar
That is a very clever use of a key collection. :)
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