How to make a terra cotta wind chime

Wind chimes provide relaxing tones, and bright ones can perk up any porch or house overhang. If you live in an apartment building, ask if you can hang the wind chime on a tree branch, or hang it in a room corner. The wind may not blow inside this wind chime, but it's pretty and makes a pleasant sound when jiggled.
This tutorial uses a blue color scheme, but you may use any colors you like. Contrast or complement the house exterior, or make it stand out by painting the pots with a rainbow of colors. If you support a cause such as breast cancer awareness, you can use the cause's signature colors.
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Materials
- Acrylic craft paint, sky blue
- Acrylic craft paint, blue
- 2 small bowls
- Artist's paintbrush
- 4 terra cotta pots with a drainage hole, 3 inches high
- Newspaper or scrap paper to protect work surface
- Liquid metal
- Clear filament
- Scissors
- 1 decorative bead
- Medium beads, blue
- 5 metal beads
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Instructions
1. Pour each paint into a bowl. Paint two pots sky blue below the raised edges. Let them dry. Paint the raised edges blue. Let them dry.
2. Paint the remaining two pots blue below the raised edges. Paint the raised edges sky blue. Let them dry.
3. Paint equidistant dots around the centers of the raised edges with liquid metal. Paint the bottoms of the pots with liquid metal. Place the pots upside down on the paper. Let them dry.
4. Cut off at least 3 feet of filament. Tie a double knot 4 inches down. With the pot upside down, thread the filament end with the knot up through the drainage hole of one pot. The pot should catch on the knot. If it doesn't, make the knot larger. Thread the filament through and knot a decorative bead on the 4 inches of exposed filament.
5. Slide a metal bead up from the bottom of the filament until the bead rests inside the bell of the pot. Tie a knot so that the filament doesn't slide down.
6. Slide two blue beads up the filament until they reach 1 inch from the first pot.
7. Thread the filament through a second pot upside down until it is 3 inches from the first pot. Tie a knot on the inside of the pot so it doesn't slide down.
8. Slide a metal bead up from the bottom of the filament until the bead rests inside the bell of the second pot. Tie a knot so it doesn't slide down.
9. Slide two blue beads up the filament until they reach 1 inch from the second pot.
10. Thread the filament through a third pot upside down up until it is 3 inches from the second pot. Tie a knot on the inside of the pot so it doesn't slide down.
11. Slide a metal bead up from the bottom of the filament until the bead rests just inside the bell of the third pot. Tie a knot so it doesn't slide down.
12. Slide two blue beads up the filament until they reach 1 inch from the third pot.
13. Thread a fourth pot upside down until it is 3 inches from the second pot. Tie a knot on the inside of the pot so it doesn't slide down.
14. Slide a metal bead up from the bottom of the filament until the bead rests 2 inches inside the bell of the fourth pot. Thread two blue beads and an additional metal bead. Tie a knot at the end. Trim off any excess filament.
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15. Hang the wind chime outside. Enjoy!
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