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Key Chime Windchime by Llyzabeth Key Chime Windchime by Llyzabeth
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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:iconladylocksmith13:
Ladylocksmith13 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
I am a locksmith and would love to make this. May I please have the instructions? Dj Deejayins@aol.com. Thank you!!
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
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!
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:iconchameron:
chameron Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
Cool!
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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gothikbutterfly Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love wind chimes and keys! :D  I'm going to have to make this!
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Send me a picture when you do, I'd love to see it! And thanks for the fav!!
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steviesmom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Please send me the instructions.  This looks adorable  steviesmom at somd dot us
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You got it! I've just e-mailed you the instructions, let me know if they don't show up :)
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:iconmelmo13:
melmo13 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
would you be able to send me these instructions in an email?
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Certainly, send me your e-mail in a message and I'll send you the instructions :)
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brakeforbrunets Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
wow would you really do that send me the step by steps?
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
No problem, I sent you a note with all the instructions, let me know if you don't see it soon :)
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JoodyC Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
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.
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
No problem at all! I just sent them to your e-mail, let me know if you don't see them soon :)
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andypeggy5 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
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?
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
No problem! I've just sent you a note, let me know if you have any questions :)
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tabathak101 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
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
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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 :)
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a really neat idea - what a great way to store your keys :P
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! And YOU are AWESOME. Thanks so much for all the faves and the really nice words, you just made my whole week :)
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, I love supporting awesome artists :D
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gilliancarson Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
this is awesome, great work! how long did it take to make?
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
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!!
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FinalVirucide Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a very clever use of a key collection. :)
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Aww, thanks! For the nice words AND the fav :)
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:iconarahiriel:
Arahiriel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, that is just beautiful! All those beautiful keys. :love:
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you! After years of them sitting in a box, I was glad to have something to do with them :)
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:iconarahiriel:
Arahiriel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is always a great feeling if you finally can use the things you collect. :nod:
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digikijo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This work has been featured here.
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much! For the feature and the fav! :D
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kprofdrelm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I may have to try and make one for myself.
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It was pretty easy to make, and cheap, which is always a plus for me :D

Thanks for the fav!
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shards0fwords Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
love this!
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks so much! For the fav too!! :D
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gr33neyedgirl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful :D I have a key collection of my grandpas that I'm trying to find some way to display :) this has inspired me a lot to actually get to doing something :)
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! It was surprisingly fun to make, and nice to not have the keys stuck in a box somewhere :)

Thanks for the fav too!
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LJoya24 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
And here I thought I was the only one that had a fascination with keeping keys. I love the chimes I want to make one but was not sure on what the best string/wire to use.
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Mine's just some thin floral wire I picked up at Michaels, it was nice and straight and easy to work with. But I have another chime that I used regular sewing string for. It gets tangled more easily, but everything swings together a little more freely. So looks like anything works :)
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DarkHeartLace Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Its like climbing stairs! I too, had a strange fetish to keys. I still do :D
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm glad there's more of us out there, as this group proves :) Thanks so much for the fav!!
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AmyTheSpiritSeeker Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this one just pwns the one I did. :( Too bad I don't have this many keys. I had a small collection when I was a kid but who knows what happened to it.
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You did one too? Did you post pictures? I'm seriously fascinated by keys and the stuff people make with them :)
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AmyTheSpiritSeeker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's mine: [link]
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I like!!
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NotaSouthernGirl Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this project and i am so grateful that you allowed it on RYW gallery. Thank you so much for sharing it. :hug:
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank YOU for such a great group with such excellent projects in the gallery :)
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Darn cool!
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XxrockgoddessxX Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
NEAT!!!!!
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Boulangerie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
gorgeous!
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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