This design evolved from a multi loop fused glass bail that I made at the same time as the single loop bail from earlier in the week. I wasn’t sure how viable it was really going to be, but I have to admit, this thing is ridiculously cute.
glass (I’m using a blue Bud Light bottle)
round nose pliers
needle nose pliers
Make the multi loop bail. Start by cutting the glass. For the bail we will need 3 strips of glass:
1@ .25″ x 1.5″
2@ .325″ (3/8″) x 1.5″
Next, cut 3 pieces of nichrome wire at .75″ each. Use the round nose wire to bend these into a U shape.
Start by placing one of the 3/8″ wide strips on the kiln washed triangle bead mold. Add the 1/4″ wide strip to create a V shape on the mold.
Making the chimes. The chimes are also created from 3 strips of glass each.
1 @ .25″ x 1″
2 @ .325″ (3/8″) x 1″
1 @ .25″ x 1.5″
2 @ .325″ (3.8″) x 1.5″
1 @ .25″ x 2″
2 @ .325″ (3/8″) x 2″
Before we can assemble the chimes, we need to make the nichrome loops. These are more like head pins. Cut 3 pieces of 20 gauge nichrome wire at .75″ long. Using the round nose pliers, make a loop on one end of each wire.
The assembly for the chimes is a bit similar to assembling the bail. Begin by adding a one of the 3/8″ wide strips for each chime to the triangle mold. Add the complementing 1/4″ wide strip to each chime to create a V shape.
Assemble the chimes. Using your needle nose pliers, open the jump ring. If you haven’t used jump rings before, note that it is important to twist them open. I’m using pliers and my fingernail, but you can use 2 sets of pliers if you like.
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