I've been looking at making rain chains for a few months now. Checking out all the cool rain chains on Pintrest and other sites.
|See Tyler working away in the background.|
Deciding on 2 different types just for fun. One out of bottles and one out of zinc strips left from the roofing. For the bottle chain we bought a bottle cutter and I made copper chains from recycled copper grounding wire.
|Ginger beer bottles and copper chain.|
The leaf rain chains took a little more thought and prep work to make. I made a leaf shape template out of an recycle plastic container and marked and cut the shapes out of the zinc strip.
|simple leaf shape|
|marked on the zinc strip|
Adding a hole at the top of the leaf and pinching it just a bit. Then cut copper wire to slip through the hole and use as a hanger on the copper chain.
|a little curl to hold it in place|
|slip through the hole|
Make the chain links by wrapping the wire around a broom handle many times. Then cut out the individual chains to link together.
|Lots of wrapping|
|clip them into jump rings|
|link them together to make a chain.|
I then twisted the leaf wire onto every second chain and there you have it. A home made rain chain.
|Only another 8 feet to go.|
They are going to look so great on the corners of the house when we get the gutters back on.
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