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Stoneware Wind Chimes

A few weeks ago, relaxing on the porch just before a thunderstorm, I realized the only thing missing was the sound of wind chimes. Then I thought… “I make wind chimes for everyone else… Why don’t I have any hanging on my porch?”

So, the next morning, I headed to the studio, and started to make some chimes for me! Although some of them are still in progress, I thought I’d share my ideas, and show you how I finished them off.

Ready to make some wind chimes for on your porch? Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

You will only need a few supplies for this project

  • Clay (I use a cone 6 stoneware)
    • Sometimes, I use multiple clay colors, and don’t bother glazing them, I just spray them with a clear coat once they are fired to max cone
  • Cookie cutters (if you don’t want to freehand your designs)
  • A stylus or two for adding design
  • Knife or needle tool if you want to cut out your own designs
  • Texture if you want

Let’s make some chimes!

  1. Roll your clay to about 1/8”-1/4” thickness
  2. Cut out your shapes, or freehand some chimes
  3. Texture or embellish your chimes
  4. Underglaze if you want to paint the chimes (the kids love this option)
  5. Using a hole tool, or very thin straw, punch holes in the chimes
    • If you plan to run a string through chimes, you will have to use a drill bit or drill tool to make a hole through the length of the chime as follows…
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    • If you’d like to string multiples, you can put a hole in both the top and bottom of the chime for two strings

Now for the piece you’re going to hang the chimes from

  1. When I do workshops, I usually have the kids make a band to hang them from. They can shape the band any way they want. For instance, a heart, ice cream cone, flower, etc…
  2. For the adults, I show them some alternatives... for instance, conical, square, peaked roofs, etc...

Glazing and firing

  • If you’ve used underglaze, or don’t plan on glazing, you can go straight to the max cone firing once everything is bone dry
  • If you plan on using a glaze, you will need to bisque fire first
    • The options from there are…
      • Glaze one side then fire
      • Glaze both sides and hang them from a high temp wire in the kiln for the firing process

There are a lot of options when it comes to stringing the chimes. You can use jewelry wire and beads, jute, fishing line, or any other string you find that will support the weight, and fit through the holes.

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If you'd like to share your ideas, projects, or submit a post for our blog, email us at bcscommunity@bigceramicstore.com! We look forward to hearing from you!

4 thoughts on “Stoneware Wind Chimes”

  • tricia | #

    Need to see a pic/photo of item being described! It is very difficult to know what outcome is without SEEING it. Thank you for article.

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