Nothing beats lounging and relaxing in your patio in the afternoon with the cool breeze against your skin and the soothing sound of nature accompanied with those relaxing tones coming from wind chimes as they move with the breeze.
Table of Contents
- Choose The Right Chimes
- Get The Other Materials
- Prepare The Suspension Platform
- Prepare The Pipe
- Tie Your Pipes Into The Platform
- Prepare And Secure The Sail And Striker To The Platform
- Installing a Metal Hook
What’s uniquely interesting about wind chimes is that the sounds or music they create are based on the chimes’ material, shape, and size and how the wind blows them. They’re also easy to make, and you can personalize them with your own wind chime ideas and designs.
With that said, if you’re into smooth, low-frequency sounds, you can create your own deep tone chimes or baritone wind chimes.
Choose The Right Chimes
Deep tone wind chimes aren’t that different from the regular ones in terms of making them. However, there are a few basic considerations you need to follow in order to make sure that you get that low, baritone sound you want.
In particular, you need to be very careful in choosing your materials.
There are two main variations of a wind chime— rods and tubes (pipe). The difference between these two is that the rods are solid while the tubes are hollow. The sound produced by rods is sharper and modern, while tubes last longer and have a lower frequency. So, if you’re creating a deep-tone wind chime, then you go with the pipes or tubes.
Wind chimes are made from various materials. For baritone wind chimes, glass or wooden chimes are the best. However, since it’s a DIY, metal pipes are recommended. Make sure to go with the softer metals such as brass or copper instead of aluminum or steel.
The thickness and length of the wind chimes are the most important. You’d be surprised at the massive difference in sound if you cut a chime for even a few centimeters longer or shorter.
While deep-tone wind chimes use shorter pipes, be careful not to cut it too short and making it sound so bad, and taking away the melody. You can cut the pipes with a saw or purchase ones that are already cut to the proper length.
The diameter factor is a lot trickier since you can’t easily alter the pipe’s thickness with most DIY tools. With that said, a pipe with a hole inside being smaller can produce deeper tones than those with larger openings.
Get The Other Materials
The pipe isn’t the only thing you need to get. Other materials needed to create a functional wind chime includes:
A striker is a piece that fits between the pipes, bumping into them to create vibrations and sounds. Strikers are usually circular to hit all chimes equally but can also be star-shaped to hit pipes at the same time and with less force.
Possible choices for strikers include hockey pucks or redwood. Take note that the material and weight of the striker are also responsible for the quality of the sound produced.
This part hangs from the striker and extends lower than the chimes. When it gets caught up in the wind, it forces the striker to hit the pipes. Sails are usually rounded or rectangular and made of wood carvings that can be moved easily by wind.
- Suspension Platform
This platform holds the pipes. Suspension platforms are usually made of metal, plastic, or wood. Make sure to choose a platform that can hold 5 – 8 chimes at equal lengths and should be bigger than your striker.
- Suspension Lines
The suspension lines connect the platform and the pipes together made of synthetic cord, chain, or other sturdy materials.
Prepare The Suspension Platform
Choose 5 – 8 points where you’ll suspend your chimes and mark them with a marker. Make sure that the chimes are equidistant from the center and have equal space between each pipe.
Drill the holes but make them small. You only need to run the thread on the pipes through them.
Prepare The Pipe
If you need to cut your pipes, there are lots of resources on the correct lengths to use. Be careful in cutting the pipe. Always cut it longer, around 1/8 inch, then take note of the sound to the last measurement. Once you’re satisfied, de-burr the finishes to remove the sharp edges.
Next, you need to drill holes into the pipes. The holes will depend on the pipe’s material and how you wish to hang your chimes. For instance, you can drill holes to the sides to suspend by a thread then run the thread through later.
Tie Your Pipes Into The Platform
Measure and cut your suspension lines to your desired lengths. It’s recommended to keep the pipes as close to the platform as possible so that they don’t sway too much while allowing the striker to do the work.
Thread your chimes to the holes you’ve made in the pipes. Then, hang the chimes from your suspension platform, running the thread through the holes in the platform. Knot them on the other end. Distribute the weight of the pipes equally. You can hang the longer pipes on opposite sides.
Prepare And Secure The Sail And Striker To The Platform
Drill a hole through the center of the striker and one corner of your sail. Cut an appropriate length of thread based on how long you want the pipes to hang. Pull it through the sail and knot, then make a second larger knot where the striker hangs about 16 inches or less above the pipe and thread it through the striker.
Take the thread from the top of the striker and secure it through the hole in the center of your platform. Make sure to keep the sail close to the bottom of your longest chime.
Installing a Metal Hook
If you didn’t run a wire through the top of the platform, consider pushing a hook. You’ll need to use pliers to bend the hook over and latch onto a metal chain to hang your wind chime.
You can also run one or more striker and pipe threads through the platform. You can also install triangle hooks to tie together to hang your wind chime.
And there you have it! As you can see, creating your own deep-tone wind chime is quite easy. It’s the same as creating regular wind chimes. You only need to choose a specific design and construction for the pipes in order to produce those gorgeous deep sounds.