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Copper Wind Chimes

Well, the sound is certainly very tender and pleasant. Wind chimes provide quite a soothing sound to our ears, and if you are planning to get wind chimes then there are different shapes and materials and metals to choose from. If you want you can also make one yourself. To know more read on.
The best thing about wind chimes is their soothing sound that calms our stressed mind. There is some fascinating physics and medical thesis behind the wind chimes and the effect that their sound has on the environment, human body and psychology. The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui often recommends the use of such bells, wind chimes and other hung instruments to ensure the long-lasting resonance of this positive energy. Wind chimes are no doubt fascinating and are very pleasant to hear after a day's hard work, as it is said that chimes emit, positive energy. The market is in fact filled with countless wind chime designs and in some cases copper chimes are used along with some other types of chimes such as iron chimes or even glass chimes. The copper ones emit the best sound, as it is not just tender but is also audible throughout the house. Overall, wind chimes that are made out of copper tend to emit a sort of calm and peaceful happiness in the air.

These wind chimes, the simplest ones, are made with the help of simple small hollow copper pipes hung on a wooden support and rung by the wind with the help of a clapper or a striker. The support panel is usually made up of wood and is round as the material adds to the musical beauty and resonance of the chimes. The clapper or striker is made up of two pieces of wood attached to strings at a distance from one another. The first piece of wood is long, cylindrical and is identical to the copper chimes. It dangles in between the chimes. The second piece of wood is a small flat one and is suspended from the longer cylindrical one with a long piece of string. This piece dangles from the unit and catches energy from the wind and gives momentum to the clapper.

Apart from small copper pipes and pieces, there are several different materials that are used to make the wind chime. Glass rods, small bells, small hollow iron rods, are some other materials that are used to makes chimes. If you are wondering how to make wind chimes, then here is what you can do. Chimes are not just great home decorating ideas, but are also make good gifts.

How to Make Copper Wind Chimes

Making these wind chimes is just a 15 minute to half-an-hour task that is certainly enjoyable. It is simple and quite straight forward, and requires very little materials and tools. So here goes.

Requirements
  • 10′ long piece of 1/2″ copper pipe, which is very light and also has a small diameter
  • A drill
  • Two round pieces of wood that measure about 8″ and 4″ in diameter, they can also be a bit bigger or smaller
  • A hacksaw
  • One very long piece of synthetic string
  • Additionally wood polish and sandpaper which is optional
  • Hammer, glue and a hook
  • One very long cylindrical piece of wood which is like a stick and one flat and light, thin piece of wood
Procedure:
  1. Cut and polish all the four pieces of wood and touch them up with polish and sandpaper.
  2. Next cut the copper pipe into several pieces of different lengths.
  3. Next you will need to drill a hole exactly in between the bigger piece of round wood. Then drill other holes in a close-knit circle around the central hole.
  4. Next step involves the stringing of the chimes. For this you will have to cut equal pieces of string and tie up the long wooden piece which is the clapper and the chimes all round it. Next tie up the propeller suspended from the clapper.
  5. Affix the smaller piece of round wood to the upper part of the bigger round wood with hammer, nails and some glue.
  6. Attach the hook on the top and there you go, your copper wind chime is done.
While you are preparing your own wind chimes, you can choose as many copper extensions as you want. Just make sure that the circle is small and the clapper is able to swing and hit it very easily.
By Scholasticus K
Published: 11/26/2010
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