I just love tinkling sound of chimes in the garden. The latest addition is some spoon chimes.
Many years ago I used to collect souvenir spoons from all the different places we visited when we were living and touring England. Family and friends also sent me spoons from different locations. I used to display them on spoon racks, not sure if they are even popular anymore. For the longest time the spoons got stored away in the cupboard and never used.
Inspired from seeing some spoon chimes on a show we love to watch, (Sign Sealed and Delivered or sometimes known as Lost Letter Mysteries) I decided to get those old spoons out and dust them off and create a spoon chime for the garden. It was a trip down memory lane remembering where each came from and who gave them to me.
In total there are 64 spoons from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Japan (thanks to my aunt and uncle), from Spain, Malta, Ibiza, Italy (thanks to travelling friends), from Canada (thanks to family) and from the many seaside destinations in England (thanks to our year of travelling)
The first challenge came when I had to figure out hang them. I purchased bails (from Amazon in a packet of 100) and each spoon had one glued on to the top. Bails are used in jewelry making for attaching to a pendant and it gives a loop for the chain to go through. Each bail is about 1.5 cm approximately the width of a Canadian dime.
I used silver like little trays to fasten the spoons onto. These came from the china cupboard or the thrift store. They are about 6 inches or 15 cm across. A hole was drilled in the centre for the hanging cord to be attached. I used a strong fishing line so the cords would/t be visible.
Each spoon was tied on with strong fishing line. The centre hole had a spoon with a small handle on it, which is actually a spoon for putting your teabag in after removing it from the cup.
There are enough to make three spoon chimes – one of different countries, one of Canadian spoon and one of spoons from around England.
I love to stand in front of the spoon chimes and remember where each spoon came from or who gave it to me. They make a lovely tinkling sound when they move in the breeze. For now they are in the dining room window and in the gazebo.
Other chimes I’ve made for the garden.