Seashell Wind Chime

Sounds of the Sea, p.2

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To make the project

1. Wash flange with soap and water, and dry thoroughly. Ask your child to paint the top and inside with poster paint. Let dry. Paint the bottom, then apply another coat, if necessary. Top with sealer and let dry.

2. Help your child measure and cut five pieces of string, each 3 feet long. Measure about 7 to 9 inches from one end of a piece of string and tie a knot at this point, or ask your child to do so. Then tie another knot over the first. Repeat on three other strings.

3. If you feel comfortable using a drill, bore a small hole through the tops of the shells. For softer items, such as a starfish or sea horse, slowly poke a hole about 1/4 inch from the top with a large darning or ribbon embroidery needle. Tie four of the shells to the string ends that are closer to the knot. Tie the fifth shell to the end of the unknotted string.

If you'd rather not drill, simply glue the ends of the strings to the tops of the shells with a hot glue gun. Squeeze a drop of glue onto the top of a shell, and quickly attach the end of a piece of string. (Keep hot glue gun away from children.)

4. Ask your child to thread the other ends of the strings up through the holes of the flange. If you find that the knots slide through the holes, place a small washer on the bottom of the flange over each of the holes before threading the strings. Place the shell attached to the unknotted string through the hole in the center of the flange.

5. Help your child to gather the loose ends of the strings together in the center, hold up the chime, and adjust the strings until the chime hangs evenly. Then tie all five strings together in a knot about 6 to 8 inches from the top of the flange. Ask your child to thread the large bead onto the loose ends of the strings until it sits on top of the knot. Make another knot on top of the bead to secure.

6. Tie the loose ends of the strings around the bottom of the S-hook about 3 to 4 inches from the bead. Cut off the excess string, and add a dab of glue to the ends of the strings to prevent them from fraying. Hang the seashell wind chime on an eye hook attached to the ceiling near a window in your child's bedroom or playroom or on the overhang of your porch.

Copyright © 2001. Reprinted with permission from the August 2001 issue of Child magazine.

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