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Tutorial: DIY RAIN CHAIN from Wire-Wrapped Rock. Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, rain chains transform a plain gutter downspout into a pleasing water feature. From the soft tinkling of individual droplets to the soothing rush of white water, they are a treat to listen to. They are widely used in Japan.

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creative way of using a rain chain. Love the fountain and the glass surrounding it. Design by Phyllis Warman.

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Design Sleuth: Japanese Rain Chain

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How to Make Soap from Ashes

Soap making in the woods can be almost automatic.�Hardwood ashes�are some of the�best producers of lye.� Add�a bucket of rain water and some left-over cooking fat and you can easily brew up enough soap to clean everybody and everything. Originally published as

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