How Wind Chimes are Made
Summer has gone, fall is on its way out and winter will soon be here. But that doesn't mean that you can no longer enjoy your beautiful wind chimes. If you have cared for them properly, they will continue to provide you with their own special music season in and season out. Now let us talk about how they are made and with what.
First of all, we can look at the wind as a composer and player as it's power is harnessed by the wind chime or wind bell as it is also called. There are three basic styles or configurations of wind chimes.
Many, and perhaps the most common have a cluster of similar objects such as metal tubes, glass pieces, sea shells, pottery pieces or bamboo which hang from a central support and makes their distinctive sounds when moved by the wind.
Another has a clapper with the cluster of objects which is all suspended from that central support and the sounds are made when the wind blows against a flat plate or wind catcher that is at the end of the clapper.
Finally, one that has a long clapper within a bell which is attached to a wind catcher and as the wind hits the clapper against the bell, the wind catcher plays the sounds.
When it comes to simplicity in appearance we think of the percussion type or traditional wind chime. These may be simple in appearance, but their design is most precise. The structure of the chime consists of wood pieces for the top support and the wind catcher, metal tubes which are usually made of aluminum and a ring at the top which suspends the entire chime. Let us not forget some kind of metal fasteners and braided nylon string for putting it all together. The wood that is used, which can be of many different types, is weatherproofed when treated with oil.
When it comes to novelty wind chimes, they can be made of just about anything that will make tinkling sounds. Brass, copper, bronze or bamboo tubes are popular materials for these chimes. But tubes are not the only way of making those chimes tinkle as they can also make music with objects such as parts of clay pots, glass pieces, and shells. The clappers and the supports being made of metal, or driftwood is just a couple of choices available. Other materials used when making wind chimes are glue, paint, hangers and different variety of strings.
The world of wind chimes is indeed amazing as they come in every shape and size, with the tiniest ones being able to be worn as earrings. Others are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand while others have tubes 58 inches long and sound like the bells of perhaps the most famous clock tower, Big Ben.
While most chimes are designed for outdoor display, they need to withstand the elements of wind, sun, precipitation and extreme temperatures, so durability is always an issue. That being said, remember it is important to care for your wind chimes as you would for anything else you care about.
The number on hobby in the country is gardening and wind chimes are the perfect accessory for patios, gardens and decks. Wind chimes, like so many other products with a long history are sure to be around for many, many more years to come.
Source: Free Articles from ArticlesFactory.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 1979, it was made possible through computer technology to produce an in-tune musical wind chime. This is one thing in the world that is universally loved. We are proud to feature hand crafted and hand tuned musical wind chimes by a father and son team in Austin, TX. Do come and visit us and listen to those beautiful creations.