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.
- 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
- Cut and polish all the four pieces of wood and touch them up with polish and sandpaper.
- Next cut the copper pipe into several pieces of different lengths.
- 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.
- 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.
- Affix the smaller piece of round wood to the upper part of the bigger round wood with hammer, nails and some glue.
- Attach the hook on the top and there you go, your copper wind chime is done.