Making your own wind chimes is a great way to enhance relaxation in any setting. Plus, it’s extremely satisfying to create something beautiful that brings such pleasure.
There are a variety of materials you can use to make wind chimes. The clapper (or striker) can be made from metal or hardwood and can be any number of shapes. Many people enjoy strikers made from natural stones or beads.
For the string, use something that is thick enough to hold the weight of the chime pieces, but thin enough to be knotted. Mono filament line (sold with fishing supplies) is a good choice. The plastic line for weed trimmers works, too. For the chime tubes, you might choose bamboo, metal, or hollow ceramic pieces.
Tips on Making a Metal Wind Chime
Keep in mind that the resulting tone depends on what type of metal you choose—aluminum, copper, brass, or steel—and on the thickness, length, and hollowness of the tubes, as well as the hardness or softness of the clapper.
Experiment with a number of types of metal. Each one has a unique sound. Consider the type of metal you are using. Softer metals, such as copper create milder tones; while sharper tones result from harder metals, such as steel and aluminum alloys. Also, remember that smaller metal wind chimes are generally more sharply toned than larger wind chimes.
Spacing and Arrangement
No matter how many tubes you have, the clapper and the chimes should not be so clumped together that the clapper strikes more than one or two chimes at once. Also, arranging the chimes in the right order will keep them from hanging crookedly and ensures a lovely result when two chimes are struck simultaneously by the clapper.
Monofilament line (fishing line) works well for stringing metal wind chimes. Use the line that will best support you. (The line packages will list how much weight the line will hold before breaking.) Make sure that the suspension holes in the metal tubes are very smooth, or they will sever the fishing line.
Wind chimes are fun to make. Once you’ve mastered their basic construction, you’ll want to make and share beautiful chimes with those you love.