Wind chimes are a unique instrument that plays automatically when there is a breeze. You can find it in the market where it is already made for you in advance. But how would you feel if you can make it by yourself and customize the sound and make it loud according to your preference? An awesome feeling, right!
In order to turn this vision into reality, you need to gather some materials and follow a process that can help you to get the job done. From the following article, you will find all about it. So, keep reading to find out more.
The Process to Make Wind Chimes Louder
Before you jump right into making the sound louder, you must know some basic steps beforehand. Here are all of them.
Step 1: Pick the Ideal Chime Material
The most important factors when considering the loudness of the chime are the type of material, length, and thickness. If you go to the hardware store, you will find metal tubes, rods, and pipes.
To make the sound louder, a short and narrow tube creates the highest pitch. Make sure it is uniform on all sides so that you get a balanced sound all the time.
Besides, pick the aluminum metal to get the loudest sounds. If it is not available, you can select the steel one since both generate sharper tones. Before you purchase, test the sound as well.
Step 2: Purchase Suspension Lines, Striker, Suspension Platform and Sail
Suspension lines come in various forms such as chain, nylon, etc. This basically joins the base so the chimes can swing smoothly. Nylon is considered as the strongest when it comes to holding the weight of the chime. It also comes in handy when you have to connect the chime with the striker.
If you are planning to hang it on a tree, use a metal ring to tie the lines and make the chimes hang and produce sound effortlessly.
About the striker, its purpose is to fit between the chimes so that the metals can hit each other and create vibrations to cause louder sound. Redwood or hockey pucks can be a smart option in this case. So, choose the striker types that fit your requirements.
When you are picking the striker, don’t forget to purchase a suspension platform. This one is good at holding the chimes, giving them the flexibility to hang around and strike each other. Look for the one that is larger than your striker.
Normally, this platform is made out of metal, plastic or wood. Hence, go for the one that can hold a maximum number of chimes.
Finally, choose a proper sail. It is a portion that hangs from the striker and stays in a lower position than the chimes. This allows it to force the striker so it moves straight towards the chimes.
Step 3: Fasten the Suspension Platform
On the platform, choose a couple of points (around five to eight) to suspend your chimes. Mark the spots with a marker. This targeted area will be drilled later. Be very careful about the distance between the chimes as it is recommended that space should be equal. Also, make a hole so that the striker can hang correctly.
Accordingly, look at the base and mark other areas according to the installation process. Start drilling slowly into the platforms’ center and make the holes tiny because you have to insert the threads into the chimes. Use the same technique for the strikers’ center and a single corner of the sail.
Next, decide how long you would prefer the chimes to hang. So, cut a moderate length of thread, take the striker and thread the sail with it.
Take the thread that is coming out from the strikers’ top and run it through the center of the platform. After you are done with that, give it a tight knot to secure everything.
Step 4: Cut the Chimes and Organize Everything
As mentioned in step 1, the short and narrow tube creates high pitched sounds. So, determine the size of the metal that you are going to cut.
When you have planned the size (short), mark the area and start cutting it. You can do this with the help of a hacksaw, pipe cutter or hand saw. If you are not feeling safe with the cutting, contact your local hardware store. Some of them might be able to do it for you.
Take a fresh towel and wrap the tube. Keep the edges exposed and start sanding all the rough areas. Use a sander or file for this purpose.
Hold the tubes in a specific place and drill holes into them. This will make it easy for you to run the thread through the tubes.
Likewise, measure your desired length of the suspension lines. It is highly recommended that you keep the chimes closer to the suspension so that it doesn’t hang unevenly.
Now, put all the chimes in a specific place and thread it one by one. This might take some time because you have to be precise. Don’t hurry, rather take some time out from your schedule and then proceed with this task.
Before you hang, check all the threads and the knot that you have given on the other end. Congrats! You are done with the wind chimes and now, you can enjoy the loud sound.
Step 5: The Final Part
Strike the chime to test the sound. If it is satisfactory, that’s great and if not, check the parts and ensure whether they are hanging properly or not.
Another thing that you can do to make the chimes louder is by using the chimes tightly surrounded the striker. Hang the whole thing at a larger height so that more winds can hit it.
Different Types of Wind Chimes
With the creative ideas of people around the world, you will be surprised to know that wind chimes are not only made with metals. There are lots of other types scattered throughout the world. Below are some of them.
Wind chimes made from:
- Metal cans
- Bottle caps
- Bike gears
- Kid’s toy
- Vintage style (old stuff)
- Cooking utensils
- Silver spoon
- Sea glass pebbles
Hope you are now clear about the concept of wind chimes and the way you can make it louder. If you find any of the points worth remembering, do take notes. Besides, consult with the supplier to clear out any other queries.
Enjoy using it. Have a nice day!