Designed to be used in places you wouldn’t think to put a traditional chime, these little works bring the most delicate of sound and unusual beauty to your garden. The copper leaf catches the smallest breeze and turns easily. Hang from a specially handcrafted spiral bracket, from a small branch, or a shepherd’s hook with some of your plant baskets. Mount under an eave to welcome visitors to your home, in your fairy garden to welcome the wee ones, in your kitchen window, or in your meditation area. The sound of the little handmade bell is peaceful and will bring a smile to you and your guests.
Each chime is approximately 5 inches tall, and 4 inches wide and deep. They are adaptable to weather conditions and will take wind, rain and snow. Being in the elements allows each to develop its own personality. The copper leaves have been given a dappled green patina. As the metal matures, it becomes a richer dark color and the green dappling contrasts beautifully. The flowers are copper wire which has been flamed. Depending on the wire's mood, it will have shades of orange, gold, silver, or red. The flowers have been given a protective coating to help keep the color, but over time they will darken.
The idea for Bellflower Creations began when I was looking for something beautiful and unusual for my garden, something to move and change with the seasons, something to remind me of the people and places I love. I began to imagine a subtle sounding chime. After a year of learning and experimenting with copper, I had my first Bellflower Garden Stake, and since then, as the business grew, it has been my goal to provide unique and unusual handcrafted beauty at affordable prices.
These chimes are beautiful in all seasons, indoors or out. Hanging chimes, with a cap of snow and their cheery sound, are wonderful even when you are shoveling in a storm. Indoors, put a Bellflower Garden Stake or Simple Flower Stake in a pot or vase weighted with decorative pebbles. Mount a Spiral Bracket and a Hanging Bellflower Chime near your kitchen window, or above a radiator, where it will look beautiful and the breeze will make it chime lightly. Dress up your flower bouquets and holiday decorations with Forged Copper Leaves.
I begin each work with a sheet of bright copper. I color it by heat and forge it by hand to give it form and texture. Forged Copper leaves are made with these flamed colors. The leaves for stakes and hanging chimes are brushed lightly with a salt solution which gives a dappled green effect. The copper will become a richer chocolate color as it weathers, and the green contrasts beautifully with it.
The flowers are made with various types of wire. Copper wire is colored in several ways from a salt patina, to flame or an even heat. The colors are soft, beautiful, and as varied as the plants in your garden. Brighter colors are made with jewelry wire. The product pages in the shop will give you more information about each color and how you can expect it to change.
Unlike a larger bell, these chimes have an unusual, gentle sound. They are just enough to keep you company inside or out, but not likely to disturb neighbors.
From the flaming of the copper, wrapping of flowers and making of bells, to sending things on their way to you, I do all of the work in my home studio. It is something I love doing, and I hope you enjoy my Bellflower Creations.
You can find my work at the following galleries:
Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ
Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT
The Creative Den, Glen Rock, NJ
Handworks Gallery, Blue Hill, ME