Mexican Milagro Copper Chime

Mexican Milagro Copper Chime

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Now that we have a fancy patio, we decided to ditch all of our previous hanging decor and upgrade with new pieces. I happened to have a stack of the these gorgeous copper milagros that I bought but never used. Once I saw the selection of pre-cut copper pipes (!!!!!!) at Lowe’s I decided to make a wind chime. OK – truth is, my husband Patrick gave me the idea of using the pre-cut copper pipes, but I incorporated the milagros! It’s a partnership, right?

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Milagros mean “miracles” – these are metal designs made in Mexico to be used in prayer. For example, if your hand hurts, you would use a little hand milagro, there are milagros for all kinds of things like houses, body parts, pets, livestock, even cars! My favorite are the many kinds of hearts!

TIP on choosing copper pipes, the longer they are, the better the chiming sound. I saw some small chunky pieces, they look cute but don;t make any noise. Stick with medium-to-large widths.

SUPPLIES:

1 lighting fixture metal canopy (in the lighting and ceiling fan area). I liked using this as the top because it comes pre-drilled with three holes!

2 copper pipes, 12″ each

3 copper pipes, 6″ each

1 T-pipe, 2″

Nylon cord or heavy twine

Drill, with metal bit

Copper spray paint

4 metal milagros

Bamboo skewers

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1. sketch your design on a piece of paper and decide where you need to drill your holes on the pipes and milagros. Drill, using the bit for metal.

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2. Spray paint the canopy. you can also use a label remover to take off any price stickers from the copper pipes.

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3. Double loop the twine through the top hole. I added a wood bracelet to use as the hanger.

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4. Now cut a piece of bamboo skewer and stick through the holes of the pipes and tie the twine and connect all the pieces. I liked this method because the twine doesn’t show as much, but if you don’t mind it show, you can just string the pieces together.

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5. Make sure to use the T-pipe in the center, this will be the ringer that will make your chime, well….chime!

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6. Set it on a flat surface and make sure you like how it looks. NOTE: My family didn’t like the torso milagro, so I switched it out. Wimps!

TIP: If you have twine that shows, hit it with some spray paint, so it will all blend together.

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Kathy Cano-Murillo

Kathy Cano-Murillo

Kathy Cano-Murillo is an Author and artist, founder of CraftyChica.com.


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  1. Norma
    Norma 10 July, 2013, 16:28

    Where did you get the Milagros and what size are they? Love the project !!

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