Like a colorful hanging tea party, a silverware wind chime with glass bead accents adds a touch of whimsy to your outdoor living space. It's also a fun way to reuse old mismatched silver-plated spoons and forks instead of throwing them away or letting them collect dust. For the best sound, avoid using stainless steel or sterling silver in favor of silver-plated flatware.
Prepping the Silverware
In order for the silverware to chime, it needs to be flattened. Lay a fork on an anvil -- you can also use a flat brick -- and pound it on both sides with a steel mallet so that it becomes thin and flat. The fork will spread a little, but should keep its shape. Repeat with four spoons. The fork will become the hanger for the spoons, which will be the actual chimes.
Drilling the Silverware
Once your fork and spoons are flat, you'll need to drill a hole into the handle of each of so they can be strung together. Use a 3- to 4-mm twist drill bit. The metal will be soft, so there is no need for a special bit like a diamond tip. Clamp the fork to your drilling surface, such as a wooden plank, and drill a hole near the end of the handle. Repeat with each spoon. File or sand down the holes to remove any burrs.
Stringing the Beads
Use a good, strong fishing line to string the glass beads. First, tie the end of the line to the hole in one of the spoons. String several glass beads on top of the spoon. For the best results, use larger lampwork beads, not tiny seed beads that will be harder to see. String two or three beads per spoon, and secure them by looping the line up through the bottom holes and pulling it up.
Assembling the Chime
Bend the tines of the flattened fork with heavy needle-nosed pliers. The spoons will hang from the times, so you're basically twisting them into hooks to tie each spoon to. Tie the end of each beaded line attached to the spoons to one of the tines securely. Vary the lengths of the lines, and make sure that the spoons hang close enough to one another to strike each other when moved. For more chime, add additional beaded lines without spoons. Tie a piece of line into a loop to the hole in the fork's handle to make a hanger.