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Wind chimes tell stories of the past

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To some, it might simply be wind chimes made of spoons, clanging together in the breeze.
For others, it goes much deeper than that.

“The chimes can tell the stories of the past,” said Neva Starr from Twisted Metals.

These wind chimes tell stories of the past in the outdoor studio of Neva Starr in Stallings, just outside of Matthews.

Starr makes the chimes from antique spoons which originate primarily from the 1800’s.

“It's just very interesting, kind of thinking about the history of them and what, how many hands they've been through,” said Starr. “I kind of like to think that they get to speak the history a bit now.”

Starr calls her creations spoonfish chimes. Spoons are drilled, spliced, sanded and tied to make the finished product. When completed, they look like a school of fish swimming in the wind.

It took time for the chimes to catch on.

“I was about to give up on the spoon fish idea,” said Starr. “I had those listed on my site for a good six months, with only one sale.”

She took new photos of the spoonfish though and kept them on her Etsy site. They exploded in popularity, and now she can’t make them fast enough.

“Recently, I've done double and triple what I've even done this past Christmas, and it's become almost a twelve hour a day job, seven days a week,” said Starr.

With orders flowing in, the challenge now is keeping a supply of raw materials.

“Finding the supply of spoons has been probably the, one of the most difficult things,” she said. “I'll frequent antique fairs. I'll buy massive, massive lots.”

Although spoonfish chime production has turned into a full-time endeavor for Starr, the artist inside continues to create.

“These are living walls,” she said. “They're succulent planters. It's kind of a new canvas, for, instead of painting, I'll, I'll paint with the succulents.”

Whether it is living wall art or the spoonfish chimes, Starr is driven to express herself in this manner.

“I love doing this,” she said. “I love getting out there with my hands and creating these new things, and I think it shows in my work and people have realized that..”

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