Secret Base’s Obake & Skeleton Wind Chimes

Today we’re going to look at something a bit out-of-the-norm: two do-it-yourself, horror-themed Wind Chimes from Secret Base. As no artist is listed on these functional art releases, I assume they were designed by Secret Base’s owner, Hideaki “Hiddy” Kinoshita.

My Impressions of the Wind Chimes

Bringing you back to the cut-and-assemble paper projects of yore, these Wind Chimes feature a Japanese ceramic head with ball striker inside and two different DIY paper windcatcher options: a simple, decorated strip or a body with moving joints.

These Wind Chimes are available in two designs, the first being this Obake Wind Chime, depicting a yurei — or ghost — that I already assembled in the pictures. You might notice the face of this figure is disfigured, especially around the eye, so I suspect this is actually a depiction of Oiwa, a character I recently gave the history of in my video review for Three Tides Tattoo’s vinyl rendition (see here).
Secret Base's Obake & Skeleton Wind Chimes Review
The other Wind Chime, which we’ll be assembling together, is a more traditional skeleton design. In putting the first one I learned a couple of tricks, which I’m happy to share.
As you can see, the unassembled kit comes with the head-shaped bell carefully packed in a box alongside a printed sheet of paper, an instruction sheet, and a handful of brass fasteners or split pins. You’ll also need a pair of scissors and some sort of sharp tool to poke holes in the paper, for which I’m using a seam ripper.
Step one is to cut out all the pieces from the sheet of paper. On one side is the windcatcher strip and the other side has all the body parts. Just take your time and cut carefully, but otherwise this is a pretty easy task.
Since I’m not going to be using the windcatcher strip, I’ll just put that to the side, but you could attach it now and be done. I mean, let’s face it, having the full body is much more fun and interesting. So for step two I’m going to take my seam ripper and poke holes in all the marked places.
Step three is really easy: you just push the provided brass fasteners through the holes on all the limbs and then affix them to the correct body space. Once in done, you split the pins on the back, locking all the limbs in place while still allowing them articulate.
Lastly, you thread the string from the bell through the topmost hole on the body. You need to be careful to make sure that the loop at the top doesn’t slip out of its hole, so hold it carefully in place. Or, better yet, take a small piece of tape and temporary cover the hole.
Now we’re going to thread one of these dangling strings through the body’s topmost hole and then tie it off tightly with the other one. Once done, we can trim the string ends to make it pretty.
And that’s it, done. I know it might sound silly, but I really enjoyed that this is an interactive art project. I do wish that the paper aspect featured double-sided printing, so that there was decoration regardless of which way the windcatcher twists and turns, but I love that you end up have a wonderful visual and aural garden ornament that will produce chance-based music for you as the wind blows.

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