If you are a crafty person looking to tackle a new project, wind chimes may seem like a good idea. But is the hassle worth the effort? I suppose it depends on who you ask. For some people, making DIY wind chimes is a relaxing, fun, unique way to express themselves- whether they are planning to hang their homemade chimes from their own tree or give it to someone else.
Wind chimes are fairly simple to make, if you follow these directions:
- Choose metal or hardwood (or stones or beads) to make the clapper/striker. This can be made from a variety of shapes- basically whichever you prefer.
- Use monofilament line (sold with fishing supplies) to tie your wind chimes together.
- Choose your tubing. You can pick from a variety of chime tubing: bamboo, metal, or hollow ceramic wind chime pieces.
- Experiment with tone and sound. Remember that softer metals will have milder sounds, while harder metals will create sharper tones. Smaller wind chimes also typically have a sharper sound than larger ones do.
- When arranging your wind chimes, be sure to adequately space everything apart. The clapper (or striker) should not touch more than two chimes at a time. Arrange the chimes so they do not hang crookedly and so the chimes make a beautiful sound when simultaneously struck by the clapper.
- String your wind chimes pieces together. Make sure to use strong stringing material, such as monofilament line, and that the suspension holes in your chimes are not too sharp, as they might cut through the line. Tie the ends of your line into knots tight enough so that your wind chimes won’t fall apart when the wind blows them.
While homemade wind chimes aren’t exactly the same as store bought ones, they can be just as nice when made properly. So is making your own wind chimes worth the effort? That’s for you to decide. You can also find and listen to a nice selection of chimes online at SerenityHealth.com.
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