Cloudburst Windchime Tutorial
Cloud windchime top (buy one from us, or make your own)
To make your own cloud chime top:
Sketch a cloud shape on paper and cut it out. Use this template to trace onto a 3/4″ thick board (we use white maple or alder for ours).
Using a scroll saw, jig saw or band saw, cut out the cloud shape.
File the edges of the cloud to round them, then sand smooth with 80 and then 150 grit sandpaper.
Prime the cloud with outdoor grade primer.
Paint the cloud with white outdoor grade paint on all sides. When the white is dry, spray paint light blue carefully on the lower edge.
Drill holes for eye hooks using an appropriate size drill bit. Space the eye hooks across the bottom of the cloud as desired, don’t forget to drill two equally spaced holes on the top edge for the hanging wire!
Carefully screw eye hooks into the cloud. It’s easy to over torque the eye hooks and break them.
Very nice! Now you’re ready to make the chime
Lay triangle beads and donuts in desired formation under the cloudburst windchime top and cut a piece of bead wire as long as each chime.
Crimp the wire around the eye-hook, thread it through the bar bead, then the donut and crimp the wire around the donut.
Repeat for all of the eye hooks. Add a wire for hanging to the top of the chime and you are good to go!
Another fun variation is to use strings of blue donuts for the chimes: