Wind Chimes V3

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About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

Intro: Wind Chimes V3

Hi All,

I got a request from a family member to make a wind chime. Wind chime project is quite close to my heart as, it is where i started my DIY journey, 3 years back.

I have improved my techniques since then.... In this instructable I will share how to make make "wind chimes" at home....

Step 1: What Do We Need ?

Material

  • Aluminium Pipes / hollow rods
  • Nylon fishing thread/line
  • 3 to 4" Outer diameter Wooden Circular disk
  • 1 to 2" Outer diameter wooden coin
  • 2x3" wood plank
  • GI Wire
  • 1 Hook

Tools

  • Dremel
  • 2 mm drill bit
  • 1 mm drill bit
  • wood stain of choice

Step 2: Chimes Length Calculator

I would like to give credit Mr. Lee Hites who has a very detailed instruction on how to build wind chimes.

I am using his C9 cord A440 calculator. Based on my previous versions, this gives very soothing vibrations around 440Hz....

Important Parameters to calculate lengths and hang point

  • Outer diameter : 0.5
  • Inner diameter : 0.375
  • Materiel : Aluminium

Cut the pipes as per the lengths and drill holes as per the calculator. I choose aluminium as it is easy to cut / drill

Step 3: Holder

I am using 3.5" outer diameter wooden disc.

  • On a paper, draw a pentagon and stick on the wooden disc
  • Drill 1 mm holes using a dremel
  • Using "gi wire" or hard wire or paper clips make loops
  • Fix these loops on the wooed disc as shown
  • You may need to use super glue the loops on the disc



Step 4: Striker and Wind Catcher

Wind Catcher

  • To avoid annoying sound at slow winds, we need the wind catcher to be bit heavy
  • I am using a wooden sheet
  • Drill 1 mm hole to hang it

Striker

  • Using carrom coin as striker
  • Keep atleast 0.5" between the chimes and striker
  • Drill hole on the striker

Step 5: Assembly

  • Hang the chime rods from the holder loops using nylon threads
  • Sequence : 1 3 2 5 4 ( increasing lengths )
  • Adjust the heights by aligning
    • Hanging points at same level
    • Chime rods at same level
  • The striker should 1 inch above the smallest chime
  • Hang the wind catcher at appropriate height

Step 6: Testing

Hang wind chimes and test the sound. I am posting test sound on youtube. If you are not able to see on the app, use this link.

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    mrsmerwin

    1 year ago

    I had no idea wind chimes had all this planning to them. Good thing I read this before I started mine. Thanks.

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