I made a fountain out of an industrial dough hook, some aluminum conduit, hose clamps and chain. Got the dough hook at the junkyard, and the rest of the parts were just stuff we had lying around. (except for the pump) The hook sits on a false bottom which is an old grill from a barbecue, then rocks are piled around it.
The water runs up through the conduit and down the chain- the sound is really nice. :)
Thank you! Fountains are a passion of mine. I usually make tabletop ones- (mostly out of oyster shells) this was my first outdoor fountain. Once we get our new yard more landscaped I intend to build other fountains for outdoors. :)
I agree re the expense. I've seen pictures of actual chains being used very effectively, ending above river washed pebbles for drainage - your use of the chains reminded me of that! Of course they could also be suspended above 'rain barrels' or channeled into 'streams' or waterfalls. However...when the dry season comes...
I wonder if one could make the rain chain 'cups' from hypertufa?
The thrift shops carry masses of silverware - obviously no longer wanted - lots of sugar and milk containers, bowls etc! Even pretty tea cups! Drill bits for ceramic/metal would certainly make short work re suspending them!
Yeah, rain chains are what inspired the design on the fountain. I hadn't thought of teacups- that would be cute! I use my Dremel with a diamond grinder tip to make the holes in my ceramic tabletop fountain bases- (for the pump cord) that would totally work on teacups, too! Oh, man.. too many ideas... LOL!
I also have some individual metal cupcake tins that look like the scalloped paper cup liners you put in muffin pans- I definitely want to try making a chain with them.