Introduction: Wind Chimes
The Wind, we cannot control it be we can use its effects to create many things including music.
This Instructable shows how to make a Windchime from an assortment of metal parts.
Large tin can.
Small tin can.
22mm copper tubing.
Electrical terminal blocks.
3mm drill bit.
5mm drill bit or countersink bit.
Step 1: Making the Chimes
The chimes are made from 22mm chromed copper pipe.
Using a pipe cutter or a saw cut 4 length of pipe.
The lengths I chose were 20mm, 18mm, 16mm & 14mm feel free to use different measurements for different notes.
Having cut the pipes remove any sharp edges with a file.
Wrap a length of 25mm masking tape around the end by which the chimes will hang and mark a point 12mm from the end.
With a 3mm drill make a hole straight through the pipe to create 2 holes, remove any sharp edges with a file and/or a 5mm or larger drill bit.
Tread a cable tie through both holes in the chime and join the tie making sure not the pull the tie too tight, the loop created needs to be relaxed.
Step 2: Making the Chime Hammer
The chime hammer is made from a small metal can.
Using a can opener cut off the base of the can and with a file remove any sharp edges.
With a ruler and/or compass find the centre of the lid and mark it with a felt tip pen and/or hole punch.
Drill out 5 holes in the can with a 3mm drill bit and with a 5mm drill bit or larger remove any burrs.
Through the hole in the chime hammer fit a 3mm pop rivet such that the shank is still attached.
At this stage you may wish to paint the chime hammer to resist the affects of the weather.
Step 3: Making the Chime Hanger
The chime hanger is made from a large container with a metal base.
Using a can opener cut off the base of the container and with a file remove any sharp edges.
With a ruler and/or compass find the centre of the base and mark it with a felt tip pen and/or hole punch.
Proceed to mark the base into quarters with a ruler and using the chime hammer aligned with the centre draw around the outer edge of the chime hammer.
Measure 11mm from the edge of the chime hammer and along each quarter line mark a point which will become the hole to hang the chime.
Drill out 5 holes in the base with a 3mm drill bit and with a 5mm drill bit or larger remove any burrs.
At this stage you may wish to paint the chime hanger to resist the affects of the weather.
Step 4: Hanging the Chimes
Measure 2 length of wire.
These will be bent at right angles at 2 points to pass through 2 holes along the same line on the chime hanger.
Do the same for the other wire.
You should now have 4 lengths of wire protruding through the 4 holes in the base
Where the ends pass through to the other side of the chime hanger bend a loop the same distance at each end were the chimes will hang.
Step 5: Hanging the Chime Hammer
Cut a length of wire of sufficient length to allow the charm hanger to hang freely from the suspension point.
Bend a loop in the end to hang it on the suspension point.
Pass the loop free end through the chime hanger to come out on the underside and secure with one screw of a terminal connector.
Into the other end of the terminal connector secure with the other screw a length of cord
This will be attached to the chime hammer by a second terminal connector via the cord and the pop rivet shank.
Assembly is complete.
All that remain to be dome is hang the windchime is a suitable location and adjust the position of the chimes relative to the chime hammer.
The length and type of cord may require adjustment to swing freely and additional weight added to the chime hammer, magnets are very suitable if a ferrous metal can has been used.
Additionally, magnets can be added to the chime hanger to balance the chimes.
All you need do is set back relax and listen to the melody assuming there is a suitable breeze.
Participated in the
Make it Move Contest 2020