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Wind chimes are a pretty way to decorate your porch. When the wind blows, they will make a gentle tinkling noise. While you can always buy one from the store, making your own wind chime is easy. All you need is a glass bottle, some ornaments and key rings, and a bit of chain or cording.
[Edit]Cutting the Bottle
Find an empty wine bottle. You can use one from the recycling bin or you can buy a brand new bottle from the craft store. Be sure to wash the bottle with soap and water and remove any labels.
Remove the cork and set it aside for a different project.
If you are buying a tinted bottle from the craft store, be aware that color usually does not go through the bottle and may chip off.
Prepare a pot of boiling water and a pot of iced water. The key to cutting a bottle in half is to dip it between hot and cold water until it comes apart. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Have another pot or bowl filled with iced water close by.
Keep the water at a steady boil on the stove.
The iced water needs enough ice in it to make it very cold, but not so much ice that you can’t stick anything inside it.
Score a line around the bottle with a glass saw. Put on a pair of leather work gloves first. Next, place the bottle on a stable surface, then set the saw down next to it. Rotate the bottle as you apply constant, even pressure with the saw, scoring a thin line. Don’t worry about cutting the bottle completely in half.You can use a tile saw with a glass blade instead.
How far down you make this line is up to you. About 3/4 of the way down from the top would be ideal, however.
If you want to, you can use a metal clamp or string as a cutting guide.
Dip the bottle in boiling and iced water until the bottom comes off. You only need to dip the bottle deep enough so that the scored line is submerged. Rotate the bottle while it is under the water, sort of like stirring soup with a spoon. Keep doing this until the bottom half of the bottle breaks off.Start with the boiling water, then do the cold. Keep alternating between the 2 pots until the bottom half of the bottle breaks off.
How many alternations you do will vary each time. It will depend on various factors, such as the depth of the scored line, the thickness and quality of the glass, etc.
Discard the bottom half of the bottle and keep the top. What you do with the bottom half is up to you. You can toss it into the recycling bin, or you can set it aside for another project. For example, you can turn it into a glass jar or cup.
If you wish to keep the bottom half, be sure to sand and polish the cut edge.
Polish the cut edge with various grits of sandpaper. Hold the sandpaper against a flat surface, like a plate, then rub the cut edge of the bottle against the sandpaper. Start with a coarse grit first, then work your way up to a medium grit, and finally to a fine grit.Keep the bottle wet as you sand it to prevent dust and chipping.
The exact grit number does not matter, as long as the packaging says: coarse, medium, and fine. It would be good to finish with a high number, like 400-grit, however.
Keep your work gloves on during this step. Don’t take them off until after you have finished smoothing the glass.[Edit]Adding the Hanging Chain
Decide how long you want the hanging chain to be. Starting at the base of the bottle’s neck, measure towards the top of the bottle. Add this measurement to however long you want your hanging chain to be.For example, if your bottle’s neck measures and you want your hanging chain to be long, you should cut the chain down to .
Cut a piece of chain with wire cutters according to this length. The chain should be thin enough so that you can slide it down the neck of the bottle, and delicate enough so that you can cut it with wire cutters. A jewelry chain could work, but the loops need to be big enough so that you can thread a split key ring through them.It is better to cut the chain too long than too short. You can always trim it shorter.
Alternatively, you can a length of nylon cording instead. Cut it a little longer than you need it so that you can tie knots into it.
Secure a split key ring to the bottom of the chain. Find a split key ring that is wider than the neck of your bottle–about wide should be fine. Separate the key ring, and feed it onto the end of your chain. The key ring will act as a stopper inside the bottle.The key ring must be bigger than the neck of the bottle. If it is too small, it won’t hold the bottle up.
If you are using a cord, tie the bottom end to a large key ring using a secure double-knot. If you can’t find a key ring, you could use plain, metal ring.
Feed the other end of the chain through the neck of the bottle. Turn the bottle upside down, and place the chain inside. Let the chain fall through the neck of the bottle and out the top. The key ring will sit right inside the neck.Follow this same process if you are using a nylon cord.
Thread another split key ring onto the top of the chain. This will allow you to actually hang the finished wind chime from a hook. Hold the wind chime up by the second key ring; the bottle will slide down the chain and stop at the first key ring.
The first key ring will be either somewhere inside the neck or just below it.
If you are using a nylon cord, simply tie the other end to another key ring or metal ring.[Edit]Adding the Wind Catch
Cut a second chain for the wind catch to dangle from. Hold the bottle up by the chain and note where the key ring sits inside. Measure from this point down to about from the bottom edge of the bottle. Cut a second piece of chain according to that length.
The wind catch is the little ornament that dangles from the bottom of the wind chime.
If you used a nylon cord previously, you should use a second piece here. Extend the cord below the bottom edge of the bottle.
Add the second chain to the key ring inside the bottle. Reach into the bottle and pull out the key ring. Thread the end of your second chain onto this key ring, then hold your wind chime up again.You will have 2 chains in your bottle. The first chain should be sticking out of the top of the bottle. The second chain will be dangling inside the bottle.
If you used a nylon cord, tie it to the ring. For extra noise, thread a large, wooden bead onto the cord, then tie a knot below it so that it sits inside the bottle.
Thread a third split key ring to the bottom of the dangling chain. This will allow you to secure your desired ornament. Alternatively, you can skip this step and rely on a small hook attached to the top of the wind catch.Keep in mind that if you choose the hook, you’ll need to screw it onto your dangle first. It must also be small enough to fit through the bottom loop on the chain.
If you used a nylon cord, then tie a metal ring to the bottom. Don’t use a hook.
Choose an ornament to use as the wind catch. A chunky necklace pendant will work just fine, but you can also use a wooden ornament instead. If you choose a wooden ornament, drill a hole into the top, then add a hook or eye screw.
Alternatively, you can repeat the process to add a smaller bottle to the bottom of the first one. This will give you a stacked wind chime.
Secure the ornament onto the key ring. Split open the key ring, and thread it onto the loop that’s on top of your pendant. If you used a hook, simply slide it onto the bottom ring of the chain.
Hang the wind chime using the key ring at the top of the chain. You can hang it outside where the wind will catch it, but if you want to use it for purely decorative purposes, hang it indoors instead.
Add a small bell to the bottom of your wind catch. A standard trumpet-shaped bell will work better than a jingle bell.
If the bottle looks too plain, decorate it with fabric paint. You can also etch it using glass etching cream instead.
You can hang the ornament further up inside the bottle to make more noise.
You can leave the label on if you really want to. It would be a good idea to paint over it with a few coats of clear, outdoor gloss, however.
If your tinted bottle chipped, you can fill the chips in using glass paint after you polish it.[Edit]Warnings
Be careful when cutting the glass bottle. If you are concerned about chips and dust, put on a pair of safety goggles and a dust mask.
[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Empty glass wine bottle
Glass saw or a tile saw with a glass blade
Leather work gloves
Coarse, medium, and fine-grit sandpaper
3 split key rings
Medallion or ornament[Edit]Related wikiHows
Create Seashell Wind Chimes
Make Butterfly Wind Chimes
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[Edit]Quick Summary↑ http://www.homegrown.org/forum/topics/wine-bottle-wind-chimes-101
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If you’re planning to visit Bali, your best bet is to hire a professional driver and car to take you around the beautiful Indonesian island. You can also hop in a taxi or shuttle bus to make your way between destinations, or ride a bemo or ojek like a local. While renting a car or motorcycle can seem like an exciting way to embrace your adventurous spirit, be mindful of the unpredictable nature of local traffic before getting the keys to a local vehicle. Publicly and privately operated ferries and boat tours will enable you to visit the surrounding islands.
[Edit]Reserving a Car
Hire a professional driver and car for safety and convenience. This is by far the most straightforward and secure way to get around Bali. Your hotel may have a car service, or you can seek out a commercial car company to book a driver for a day or a week. The cost of the car, insurance, and gasoline will typically be included in the daily rate, and you’ll also be responsible for covering the driver’s accommodations and food. Expect to pay between Rp 350,000 and Rp 450,000 per day in total, but know that the rate may be negotiable with the driver.
If your itinerary calls for an overnight stay, the driver will typically find their own lodging and meals. You’ll be responsible for paying, but this shouldn’t result in a large additional cost. Discuss the plan and agree on a per diem rate in advance.
Having access to a professional driver’s advice can be very useful. For instance, they can point you in the right direction once you’re on foot. They might also be able to translate local terms or explain unfamiliar customs.
Hail a metered taxi for day trips or cross-town transportation. You can call ahead to book taxi services, or hail an empty cab when you need a ride. The meter will start at Rp 5,000 for the initial of your trip. After this point it will increase to Rp 5,000 per that follows. You can also discuss booking a taxi for the day. Agree on the rate and specific services with the driver ahead of time. For instance, you might want to do a day trip or drive you around the city to see the local sights.
Bali cab companies include Blue Bird Taxi, Golden Bird Bali, Komotra Taxi, Ngurah Rai Taxi, and Wahana Taxi.
Request a car through the Grab ridesharing app. Load up your smartphone with a local SIM card for data access and download the Grab app. Select your current location and desired destination to request a ride. You may add your payment information to the app, but there are also options to pay by cash or card as you would in a taxi.
Note that ridesharing apps have been met with resistance in Bali and pickups are permitted in certain areas. For instance, your hotel may not allow Grab pickups and drop-offs on their premises. Pick a spot down the street instead to avoid a confrontation.
Uber had a short-lived existence in Bali. However, they sold their market share to Grab and no longer operate on the island.
Reserve a rental car if you want to drive yourself around. Legally, you’re required to own an international driver’s license or a local permit to drive in Bali. You can find international rental car companies including Avis, Budget, and Hertz at the Ngurah Rai International Airport as well as popular resort cities. Daily rates may range from $20 to $50 USD or more. Make sure insurance is included when you book your car.
You can get a tourist’s driving permit issued at the Foreign License Service in Denpasar for Rp 150,000. You’ll need to show your passport and a driver’s license from your country of residence.
Be aware that driving in Bali can be challenging and risky for visitors. If you do decide to drive a rental car, be prepared to make sudden stops and stay attentive.[Edit]Riding Bicycles and Motorcycles
Ride pedal bicycle to get some exercise while you travel. Bike rentals start around Rp 30,000 per day. A bicycle, or sepeda, provides independence as well as an on-the-go workout. Ask your hotel about the nearest bike rental company, and make sure the bike you choose is in good condition. Obtain a well-fitting helmet and test the bike’s steering, brakes, tire pressure, and gears before you set out on your journey.
Although traffic in Bali can be difficult for an inexperienced visitor to navigate, a pedal bike is a safer alternative to rental cars and motorcycles.
Rent a motorcycle or scooter to ride around Bali. You can rent out a scooter or motorcycle from a number of local vendors. Daily rates cost around Rp 50,000. Ensure that the vehicle is in working order, with good brakes, tires, and lights, and that you have the correct insurance and license documentation. You will also be provided with a helmet which should fit snugly.
A safety helmet is a must-have and should fit correctly. If the rental company doesn’t have any that fit you, purchase one that does from another vendor before riding the bike.
Hail an ojek and get around on the back of a motorcycle taxi. Operating in a slightly more informal system, ojeks are motorcycles that accept paying passengers. If you give the impression that you’re looking for a ride when standing on the side of the road, you may receive offers from ojek drivers. Or, you can download the Go-Jek mobile app to request a ride. You’ll negotiate a fair with the driver, but expect to pay around Rp 30,000 for a trip.
Ojeks can be particularly useful for scooting around country roadways.[Edit]Taking a Bus or Boat
Book a shuttle bus or private tour via Perama Tour and Travel. Perama operates shuttle bus services throughout Bali’s major towns, as well as regional tours, airport transfers, and daily destination tours. Perama buses are comfortable and safe. Rates are affordable although the trips tend to be slow.
Note that the buses don’t stop along the way for small villages or detours to local sights.
You can explore the options online and plan your trip in advance.
Ride a public Kura-Kura shuttle bus and travel in comfort. Kura-Kura operates 5 lines around Bali. Its fleet of buses painted like green and yellow turtles allows for easy travel across the major tourist sites. The buses are comfortably equipped with air conditioning and free wi-fi. Luggage racks and straightforward AV announcement systems onboard are especially useful for travelers. Single trip fares can range from Rp 20,000 to Rp 80,000.
Look at the route schedule ahead of time to plan your trip. Although departure intervals are regular, some routes depart once every couple of hours.
Hop on a public bemo to travel like a local. Once the most popular form of public transit, bemos are open-air mini buses or vans that hold a dozen passengers on bench seats. However, the system isn’t too tourist-friendly and the vehicles can be very cramped. But if you want to travel like a local, raise your hand to hail the bemo and feel free to hop off at any point.
Fares can run upwards of Rp 4,000, although obvious tourists are often charged more.
Passengers are charged more for luggage.
Take a commercial tour boat to travel the region by water. Companies including Perama Tour and Travel and Blue Water Express operate boat tours to popular spots on neighboring islands. These routes can be quick and direct and offer scenic views of Bali.
Note that safety regulations and training are lacking across public and private boat operators. Assess the boat for safety equipment and exits. If something seems unsafe, get back on land and seek out another option.
Hop on a public ferry to visit neighboring islands. Public ferries offer similar services to commercial boat tours, but at cheaper rates. Note that these may not necessarily be safer or than commercial options.
Waters can be turbulent and uncomfortable in small vessels. Opt for a boat with no less than 30 seats, rather than a small speedboat.[Edit]References↑ https://www.frommers.com/destinations/bali/planning-a-trip/getting-around