Is It Easy To Make Your Own Wind Chimes For Your Garden?
Wind chimes are decorations that are placed outdoors and caused to produce musical notes by the wind. The chimes they produce make people refer to them as involuntary musical instruments.
A wind chime can be made from different materials that are not hard to come by. You can make them with metal, glass, shells, or wood. The tinkling sound it makes in the wind has been deemed therapeutic by many and annoying by a few.
This decorative piece is either placed in the patio or any other part of the yard. It lends a certain ambiance to the atmosphere and this makes it a choice piece for relaxation spots. Many people have wondered about how easy it is to make these decorative/musical pieces; pretty much easier than you think!
In this article, we would show you how easy it is to make and setup a wind chime at home. But before we do that we’ll just give you some fun facts.
What do wind chimes symbolize?
A wind chime symbolizes many things in different parts of the world. But the constant fact that is generally agreed upon is that it attracts positive energy and wades off bad luck. It is said that the soft chimes that it produces enable the positive energy to drift through your space and attract peace and prosperity.
In the eastern parts of the world, these instruments are believed to enhance the flow of one’s life energy (chi). In Asia particularly, it is used in Feng Shui. Some experts say that the different materials used and the placement is quite important for the maximization of their benefits.
The following are some of the materials that can be used and the best position for it to be placed in one’s space:-
- Wood- If you make this instrument with wood, it is recommended that you hang it in the south, east, or southeast of your house/yard. The east zone is believed to bring growth to the inhabitants of the space. When placed in the southeast it attracts money while the south brings fame.
- Metal – Those made with metal are best hung in the north, west, or northwest zones of your space. Placement in the north opens up career opportunities while placement in the west attracts good luck to the children in the family. This good luck enables them to bring honor to the family. And when placed in the North West, it attracts mentors into the lives of those who live in the space.
- Ceramic – Wind chimes made with ceramic are best placed in the center, South West and North East zone. These directions would bring luck for romance and love, health and knowledge into space.
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How To String A Wind Chime
The following are easy steps for stringing and setting up a wind chime:-
Get All The Things You Need
It goes without saying that the first thing to do is to gather everything that you would need, but we’ll still say it. So you would need the following:-
- Nylon strings – This is because nylon lasts long and can withstand exposure to the elements.
- Hack saw
- Measuring ruler
- Sanding paper
Lay Out The Structure
After gathering all that you need, then proceed to lay out the structure. Measure and sketch the parts which include the top mount and a smaller mount at the bottom. Even though you can choose any shape, it is best to start out with a hexagon or circle.
Next, you use the jigsaw to carve out the pieces, then sand them and smooth them.
Make The Holes For The String
In this step, you have to use your drill to make holes for the string. You would need a center hole in the top mount and a cluster of 3 little holes in the spots that you intend to suspend the tubes. For the smaller bottom mount, you only need one hole in the center for the string (if you intend to add only one bell).
Cut The Tubing
This is the point where you cut the tubing (remember that you can use any material but for this illustration, we are using metal). The metal tubing can be cut to different lengths just to give it a more natural look. The best dimension for the tubes is 1 inch wide.
Note that your longest tube should be between 19 and 21 inches, and then you vary the length as desired.
String The Top Of The Wind Chime
Now it’s time to start stringing the top of the wind chime (that is the part on which the rest of the piece would hang)
Make 3 pieces of string to be about 9 inches or a foot in length. Then using a piece of the string, knot one end and thread it through the upper piece that you already prepared in step 2. After that, knot the other end to keep it secure. Repeat this process for the remaining strings.
String the Bottom Piece
In this step, you’ll suspend the chimes through the holes in the top mount. To do this, you would knot one end of the string and thread it through the smaller bottom mount that you prepared earlier. At this point, your wind chime would have a top piece and a bottom.
Arrange All The Chimes (tubes)
This is the final step where you string the chimes; you start with the longest tube to the shortest one. Thread one string through one of the holes you made inside the top mount. Let it drop then pass the cord through one of the tubes and back through the upper one, then on to the next chime.
Each of these tubes would dangle naturally but ensure that all the tubes are connected by the string.
Repeat this process for all the tubes and you’ll have your wind chime; how easy is that?
Check out this video for more clarification of the above steps
We believe that this piece has sufficiently answered the question of how easy it is to make a wind chime. Note that if you are not inclined to going through the stress of making this piece yourself, there are many stores (online and offline) where you can get one.