Wind Chimes

How To Build A Wind Chime

Anyone can build a wind chime fairly easily. A wind chime can be constructed out of various materials that can be found anywhere, such as metal pipes, seashells, rocks, or glass. The easiest item to use is metal pipe, so that is what we will focus on. The items needed to build a wind chime can be purchased at any place that sells hardware, hobby items, craft items, or home improvement stores. Basic items needed are metal pipes, a support ring, a wood or metal object for the clapper, string, a drill, and a pipe cutter.
Steps To Build A Wind Chime
You should begin by cutting the length of the largest chime. This will determine the lengths of the other chimes. After cutting through the pipe with the pipe cutter, remove any sharp edges by filing the metal smooth or using the metal remover tool found on the back of many commercial pipe cutters.
The next step to build a wind chime is to produce the sound you would like the chime to make. Tap the chime near the base to hear the sound it produces. If you like the tone, then there is nothing else to be done with this chime. If you do not like the tone, gently shave increments of metal off of the bottom of the chime to change the tone. The shorter the chime is, the higher tone it will produce. This is the most time consuming step when you build a wind chime, particularly if you are trying to produce a specific sound. Repeat steps one and two for each length of pipe you would like to turn into a chime.
The third step when you build a wind chime is to measure each chime about ¼ of the way down the length and drill holes in either side of the chime. Make sure they are even as this is where the support strings will go. Run the string either through all of the chimes or use a different length of string for each chime. The second option is the best as it adds to the stability of the wind chime. Ensure that either all of the tops or all of the bottoms of the chimes are aligned so that the entire wind chime will hang evenly once supported.
Next, you will attach the individual chimes to the support ring for hanging. The last step to build a wind chime is to hang whatever you have chosen to use as a clapper from a string from the support ring into the center of the chimes. When the wind blows, the clapper will swing, striking the chimes and creating a beautiful sound. Now you know how to build a wind chime.


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