Monday, August 1, 2011
Sea Shell Windchimes
Creating is one of the best ways for me to raise my spirits. It breathes life back into me. It's a wonderful, healing addiction!
To begin my project I gathered together the following:
-shells with a hole already in them
-shells with some sort of an indentation where a drill bit would stay put to begin drilling
-1/8-inch drill bit (or the smallest you can find)
-Sense & Sensibility DVD and my laptop
I'd never used a drill before, so it felt quite empowering to be sitting crossed legged on my living room floor holding a power tool in my hand while watching Jane Austen on the big screen. Some shells were thicker than I thought and took longer to drill through. What? Another lesson on patience?
After making a hole in the shell, I'd lay out the shell on the carpet with the other shells to envision them hanging together. I knew I wanted the shells to be staggered in how they hung, and I knew I wanted some shells to be tied onto the same strand of twine, so I made some twine strands longer and some shorter. I tied the shells onto the individual strands of twine I'd cut, and then when I had all the shells in place, I tied each individual strand onto a longer strand that they all now hang from.