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A Guide To Making Wind Chimes

Woodworking is a passion for many people, as it helps foster creativity, and increases the hand-eye coordination in kids.

Many people use it as a tool to teach their children the safe use of power tools. Wooden wind chimes can be quite expensive, but using your woodworking talent, making wind chimes or oriental bamboo wind chimes can be done in just fraction of cost. All you need is little imagination, and some basic tools along with some bamboo sticks.

Making Wind Chimes From Bamboo

To start with, buy bamboo stalks from the store, and make sure that you get the bamboos of different lengths and diameters. Buy more that you actually need, as some of the stalks may split while working on them.

Cut the bamboo stalks in ten pieces of suitable length. Make two holes at the end of each piece, almost half inch from the end of the stick. Decide on the material you would like to use as strings, and put it through the holes. Hold the piece high in the air, and strike it with another bamboo piece to listen to the sound it will make. If you like the sound, move on to the next piece. If you are not happy with the note, make the piece little shorter, and try the sound again.

Continue with other pieces, and make each bamboo piece slightly shorter than the previous one, and test the sound for each of them. Put all the bamboo pieces side by side, so that they touch each other. Through the hanger, drill five holes. String each of the pieces one by one, and make sure that they are separated by the diameter of the hanger, and hand straight down. Make a balance of short pieces with long pieces, so that hanger will not bend to one side.

While making wind chimes, make sure that the joints on bamboo are solid. The sound produced by the chime will depends on where you have made the cut. As a string to the chime, metal chain or fishing line can be used, but jute, wooden beads, and seashells beads also can make attractive string options.

When making wind chimes, tuning them to any particular notes can be difficult, as there are many factors determining the sound, such as length, diameter, thickness of walls and so on. To quiet the chimes in night, tie them with a rubber band, so that they don’t become a nuisance for the neighbours.

If you plan to use the chime outdoors, make sure that the ring at the top is made of some non-rustic material.