Here in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) we get loads of rain. Movies like Twilight have taken place here because of the perpetual rain coverage. (Everyone knows that vampires need endless) And like with most things, you either love the rain or, you really don’t. I live here because I love the soggy mess it makes and the constant gray is something of a muse to me. That got me thinking about how to make the rain look more appealing. After some research, I decided my front porch needed a rain chain.
History Of A Rain Chain
The concept of a rain chain dates back hundreds of years, originating in Japan. The pourpose is decorative. My theory is that if you have to live in the rain, you might as well make it look good while you are there.
Since I am crafty, I figured I would have a go at making one. I couldn’t be more pleased.
Simple Steps, Grand Finish
I only needed a few things to complete this project, and I kept my price under $20. I used mini tin pails, copper wire, beads, and paint.
The Look Of A Beautiful Rain Chain
Because we get so much rain, and usually all at once, I wanted an ombre look, if you will. The very top bucket has no paint, while the bottom looks like it is overflowing with blue paint, or, water.
Wanting to try something new when it came to applying the paint, I set out to find new ways to apply paint. I found a marbling tutorial and thought I would give that a try. The first attempt failed miserably. Water-based paint does not float on water (duh!) and only thins out the paint to the point that it will not adhere to the bucket. Plan B proved to be exactly what I was looking for.
To get this effect, use OIL based paint. (a cheaper alternative would be nail polish) Fill a bowl ( a dedicated art bowl is best) with cold water. Next, drizzle your paint into the water. I went crazy with it and put tons of swirls and waves. You can also just pour the paint. Then simply dip your bucket into the water and slowly pull back out. Allow to dry and BAM! Done!
The Flow Of A Rain Chain
The most important part of a rain chain is that it allows water to flow freely from the top to the bottom. I added holes to the bottom of each pail with a screw and hammer, using the tap method. (that means to tap a hole with the screw and hammer!)
As The Rain Falls
As the rain falls and this rain chain fills up, the water will start to trickle down, from pail to pail. If the flow is fast, the tops of the pails will also overflow. Many rain chains often replace the downspout of gutter systems entirely. Mine hangs in a tree as of now, because our rainy season has already begun and I am unwilling to get on a ladder yet until the sun is really out to dry things out.
When the rain is not falling, the glass iridescent beads catch the light and sparkle, adding yet another dimension of beauty!
Here are a few of the more expensive rain chains I have found on Amazon! (click each pic to be taken to the page!)
Have you ever considered adding a rain chain to your yard? If you were to, what color scheme would you prefer?
Soon, this item will be featured in my coming soon shop! If you had the chance, would you buy one or rather make it your own?
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Until next time
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