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Combine unexpected materials for an updated version of a musical porch classic.
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Trace both the outside and the inner circle of the lampshade onto the cardboard. Create a second tracing. Cut both discs a bit smaller than the lines to fit inside the shade.
Tape the discs back-to-back so the center circles are visible. Poke a hole through the center of the cardboard using a screwdriver and enlarge the hole with the eyebolt.
Mark six points around the perimeter of the cardboard about halfway between the center circle and the outer edge. Mark another point near the center hole, about 1/4-inch off-center. Create holes with a nail just large enough to thread a wire through.
Cut a chain 7 inches long and six more pieces between 5 and 6-1/2 inches long.
Use needle-nose pliers to open a link at one end of each chain to hook on an O-ring. Crimp the 2-in O-ring on the open end of the 7-in chain. Crimp the smaller O-rings on the remaining six chains.
Loop wire through the other ends of the chain pieces and twist tight. Cut each wire so that only a single long tail remains.
Thread the wires through the holes around the perimeter of the disc and twist the wire tails together in pairs. Thread and secure the 7-in chain into the hole near the center of the disc. Twist this tail with one of the pairs. Cut and press the wire tails flush against the disc surface.
Thread one nut completely onto the eyebolt. Slip the cardboard with the chains hanging into the shade. Slip the eyebolt through the large washer, into the top of the shade and through the disc.
Secure the cardboard disc by placing the small washer on the bottom of the bolt and twisting on the nut
Use the excess chain to hang the wind chime or suspend it directly from a bracket. To hang it from a chain, first install a screw hook at the desired location. Join one end of the hanging chain to the top screw eye on the chimes and the other end to another O-ring. Place the O-ring in the screw hook to hang the chimes.