Artemis
Artemis
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  • New Port Richey, FL

Rain Chain

6 Materials
$10
30 Minutes
Easy

I’m with several folks here on Hometalk in that I love rain chains. While visiting my sister we went thrift shopping and I found these metal cups (some kind of gelatin mold or baking cups – not sure). As soon as I saw them, rain chain jumped into mind. When I got home I already had all the other parts I needed. Of course, there are a myriad of variations you could use when making this project; this is the path I chose.
Step 1: Drill holes in the cups to accommodate your wire (it really only needs to be big enough for the wire to slide through). See materials list at the end of the project.
Step 2: I started making the wind chime and then decided I should probably check to make sure I had sufficient materials to complete it (not a bad idea, right?).

Step 3: I used chain between the cups and separated it to the length that I wanted. Obviously, this will depend on the size of the links in your chain and how long you want the rain chain to be. I decided to use copper wire for two reasons: a) I like to mix metals; like the look. b) it’s more pliable and some of this work was made easier because I could bend the wire with my fingers instead of having to use the needle nose pliers all the time.
Step 4: The process is the same for all of the cups except the first and last one.
a. Loop the bottom end of the wire.
b. Attach the chain segment, close the loop.
c. Slide on a bead.
d. Slide the wire through the open end of the cup.
e. Slide on another bead.
f. Loop the top end of the wire, but do not close the loop.

First cup: follow the steps above, but you need to add a hook of some kind for hanging the rain chain.

Last cup: follow the steps above, but omit Step b. the addition of the chain (unless you want to hang something at the bottom for decoration).
Step 5: Hang the top wire loop on the chain of the previous cup and close the loop. I used 16-gauge copper wire which is pretty easy to bend with my fingers. These cups are very light, so the wire worked (heavier objects would not work with this gauge wire). It actually made it easier to close this loop rather than using the needle pliers.
Step 6: Repeat the process in Step 4 for each cup (with variation on the first and last cup, as mentioned above). You may be able to see it in the last pic; I used a large "fish hook" type hook to hang the rain chain.

Here’s a close-up of the rain chain. I had 4 cups that were a bit larger and 11 of the smaller cups.
Here it is in all its glory; it’s a good length. This may not be its final home, but you can see the result. That’s my cat, sitting on the patio in the background, cleaning herself – as usual!

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  • Elly
    on Feb 23, 2019

    It looks like you used different size cups, where did you get those?

    • Terri
      on Feb 23, 2019

      From her post: While visiting my sister we went thrift shopping and I found these metal cups (some kind of gelatin mold or baking cups – not sure).

      I have seen these little molds in antique stores also. Not much use for them so pretty affordable.

  • Momo s
    on Feb 24, 2019

    Did anyone else's heading say something about replaceing downspouts?

    • NotHermione
      on Feb 25, 2019

      Be careful what you replace. My brother in law unhooked a downspout and my bathtub started draining poorly. It was.hooked to the drain/waste vent system. The top of that drain needs to be higher (much higher) than what it actually drains. As soon as i reconnected the top and bottom of what looked like a simple downspout, mybathtub started draining again. Just be aware!


  • Linda Davis
    on Apr 24, 2019

    What is the purpose of a rain chain please?

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  • Sally-Charles Evans
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Great idea! I just saw some small cups at Sam's last night....didn't know what I would use that many of them for.....They were condiment cups in stainless steel in the restaurant area.  I may have to go back to Sam's today.

  • Carla
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Very cute & clever

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