Great article, carrie! I have an assortment hanging from my pergola, among the hanging plants; several types from wood to copper to tin.
Unfortunately, the wind blows so much here & with such force, that I lose several sets a year from the swinging of them cutting thru the string or cord. I've tried restringing them with 30# fish line, but that didn't work. I haven't tried a thin wire, tho, so maybe I'll do that. Thanks for the idea! :))
I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Restringing wind chimes is something I'd hate to have to attempt, being such a klutz, and I complement you both on your talent! (Probably why I don't buy those ones at the sale down the street. . .)
Trust me, it's not easy - at least for me!! It makes a lot of noise while you're doing it & you have to take great care to get them restrung at the original distance from the top. I usually do it when I'm watching TV at night. I have several tubes from 2 nice sets sitting on the patio now, waiting to be restrung. We had a couple of pretty wind storms go thru, and the tubes just go flying!
Can you string them while they're still connected, BEFORE they break? Where are you getting them, the ones that break? I know you can get them pretty much anywhere but there is a Rolls Royce of wind chimes and then there's the beat up hand-me-down bike.
I have serious wind here, where I live. I have to anchor my lawn swing with rebar going into the ground 18" (no easy feat in this brick-red clay), and it's still ripped it out of the ground 3x since spring to throw the lawn swing a few feet. The canopy got really torn this last time, so I just took it off. When I build a gazebo, it's going to be with galvanized pipe going deep into the ground & cemented!
I buy decent wind chimes - not the most expensive, but not the cheap ones, either. I might try reinforcing them with the wire before they break the cord - that's a good idea. Thanks! :))
Carrie I enjoyed your article about the wind chimes. I also have several, but my favorite is the Aquarian Alto by Music of the Spheres. I was fortunate to purchase it this past spring when it was on sale, but it still was a very luxurious treat for myself. Music soothes my soul, and this wind chime has a very soothing, melodious sound.
Ooooh, aaaaaah, Delores, how dare you send me to ANOTHER site with gorgeous music to listen to all day? This sound in that size, now let's try it in the tenor size, gee, I wonder how that would sound as "Hawaiian" in tenor? Gosh, look at the time! Well, I was, er, doing more research, right? LOL LOL LOL!
Thanks for more great wind chime sites, and thank you for your comments.
I listened to each and every one online, before I made my purchase. It does get confusing after awhile, but I narrowed my search to the alto and bass sounds so that helped. I would love to be able to afford the Westminister Chimes!
In reference to restringing wind chimes: I have a wind chimes with the metal tubes that I restrung with Essentials South Bend, Monofilament Multi-Purpose Line, Test 15 lbs, 130 yards. It was recommended by the salesperson at an scale store Breed & Co., that consists of an Ace Hardware store, fine gifts, and just about anything your heart desires, if you have enough money to spend. I doubled the line for each tube, because the wind chimes are very heavy. I also have a fairly large ceramic wind chime that has bluebonnets painted on each oblong ceramic piece. It is also very heavy, and was originally strung with a nylon white cord. I have had both of these for about 30 years, 9 years in East Texas, and 21 years in Austin, TX. We had a very strong storm last year that broke both wind chimes. Two of the ceramic pieces broke in half and two shattered beyond repair. I have not attempted to try to salvage this one yet, because it is going to take much more time and work. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might find a spool of heavy nylon white cord?
I too love wind chimes
thanks for bringing it up
My neibours don't like them though-they say ,they are noisy.
I only have a few-persay..three on the porch-various styles.
glass-metal -copper and even a big style cow bell(thats the one the wasps start a nest in every year ! ahh)
For duration ,I have one that is made out of brass and has been hanging for twenty years -it's a very light fine sound.
I love the big ones you see ,that are tuned to different notes but haven't brought myself to investing in one of those --such a high price.
I have carved a few out of wood myself -different woods -for different sounds,and attached various striking hammers.
Even made one out of old drum sticks! ahahha
But the one I like the most is a small one that is a neck lace I found 30 years ago at a small shop.
I call it my jingle berries--no reason why ,but to me it sounds like a fairies wings ,,ahha
So many people have asked me where I got it! but they don't make them anymore( I sure have looked)
I have been planing on trying to make a copy of it.
And this year finally had some luck at finding the right diameter brass rods to duplicate the soft sound .
Well here's hoping --I have so many ideas of different styles for it!
When I get one carved and strung I will post a picture of it !
Cheers! and Happy Wind Music
I've had to restring my several times too. The only thing that has worked for me is fishing line called Spider wire. I got this information from the Windchimes discussion group on Yahoo Groups at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/windchimeconstruction/?yguid=2... It's the only thing that has lasted for me. There is also another place that will repair your windchimes if you aren't ready to try repairing them yourself. See http://www.windancerchimes.com/ for kit and repair information. I don't have any ties to none of these sites, just passing on information.
Thank you, everyone, for the valuable info on restringing! I was getting ready to throw out the 2 that got trashed a couple of weeks ago, but I'll hang onto them now & look for the restringing kits & Spider Wire.