How to Refurbish Wind Chimes
My wind chimes have seen better days. They have endured 10 years of cold Michigan winters & brutally hot Florida summers. It was time. So, here is how I refurbished them to look as good as new.
The first thing I did was take pictures from every conceivable angle so I would know how to re-assemble it later.
I carefully cut the strings attaching each piece and set them aside to use for measuring my new strings. Then I cut new pieces to slightly larger than the original pieces, to compensate for tying knots in the strings. (affiliate link) This is the nylon string I used.
Next we sanded the very weathered wooden disks. After they were smooth, I sealed them with several coats of clear satin polyurethane. (affiliate link) Here is what I used. I set the smaller one on a cat food can so I could get all of the edges covered. I also poked a toothpick into all the holes to make sure the polyurethane didn't plug them up.
This is where using my photos came in handy! I made a needle from a small piece of wire. Then I melted the ends of the string in a flame so they wouldn't fray, and I restrung the pipes using my pre-measured strings. I made sure the knots were tucked inside the pipes so they couldn't be seen .
Next was re-assembling the hanger strings and attaching them to a metal ring for hanging. The last part was attaching the clapper and then the decorative glass piece underneath the clapper.
This is my completed project. The wind chimes look good as new! To see the steps in greater detail, visit my blog, Life, Creatively Organized. The link is listed below! :)
- Nylon string (Lowe's)
- Minwax fast-drying clear satin polyurethane (Lowe's)
- Needle-nosed pliers (already had)
- Paint brush (already had)
- Wire needle (already had)
- Sandpaper (already had)
- Candle (already had)
- Scissors (already had)
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Published September 17th, 2016 9:26 AM
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Retiree Jos Miller-Jackson on Nov 15, 2016I recently refurbished a set of windchimes that I thought had been lost until my husband cut down the azalea bushes against the front of our home. I did not even think about taking a pic, but, your project brought back a smile because I know exactly how it feels to see the fruits of your labor. I am sure that you will enjoy them even more.