Week 24 – Brian Weeks

Posted: September 6, 2011 in Brian Weeks, Week 24


This past weekend I was working on two different projects at the same time. I have company coming this weekend, and wanted to submit early this week.

When I was about 9 or 10, my next door neighbor’s mother had a small craft shop built onto the house that featured an assortment of different items that were the mid-to-late 1980s version of  “Country Handcrafts” . One item that struck me was a wind chime made out of old silverware. The times on the forks were stylized into curlicue designs, and I remember the flatware to have been super girly, with flower designs and whatnot. I liked the idea, but I felt the design asthetic could be improved upon.

I’m a big fan of Mid-Century Modern and Pop Art designs and thought that my wind chime would have a great 50s retro look if it was painted in turquoise and chartreuse.

So… I traveled to the local thrift a few weeks ago, and found a bin of interesting-looking flatware that was selling for a dime a piece. The other materials I used were fishing line, nuts and bolts, titanium drill bits for drilling through metal, my trusty Ryobi 12v rechargeable drill, and a small rug pad – I had seen the idea before and wanted to do my own spin on the effect.


The rest of the project mainly involved drilling a hole in the top of each piece (the two knives I used to make the crossbars each had a hole in the middle, and three holes on each end), spray painting them, assembling the cross piece, and tying on each piece with fishing line. I added some leftover chain from a light fixture we replaced a few months back, and a key ring (to connect the eye bolt and the chain) all painted to match.

This took a long time to complete – waiting for paint to dry (each side for the bottom coat, then the top coat) as well as going through 5 drill bits. They tend to dull pretty quickly, and also drain the battery on my drill Good thing I have a spare. 🙂

The quickest part was the actual assembly, which took 20 minutes. So, now the finished product is hanging on my front porch. If it matched my kitchen a little better, I’d hang it in there (my kitchen is orange, not a good match).

Enjoy your weekend, fellow Geekz!



  1. Heather says:

    I really enjoyed your take on this handi-craft by painting each of the pieces! So cool.

  2. Caron says:

    Looks like much work went in to this and that the result was worth it. Awesome piece Brian.

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