Wanna make a deep tone wind chime? At first choose the most attractive chime design among their wide variety. Pay special attention to the practical stuff, such as the type of material, you are going to use, the shapes and thickness of pipes, the kinds of tone resonance.
Special features: shapes and materials
Deep tone wind chimes or baritone wind chimes feature low frequency and soothing sounds which make them ideal for a relaxing atmosphere. They don’t differ a lot from the regular windchimes. The main secret is in the tubes, to be more precise in their length and thickness.
If you have one at home, you can modify it a little, shortening the pipes a bit, for example, with a saw. One more important characteristic is the material of the pipes. For deep baritone sounds wooden, or glass chimes will be the best. Though for DIY wind chimes these materials are uncomfortable. So try to use metal pipes. Give preference to softer metals like copper, or brass, rather than aluminum or steel.
You can use different metals to build the chime, though copper or brass are outrageously expensive which will increase the cost of the whole unit. However, steel is quite affordable. For example, a steel electrical conduit 10-foot section costs about $10. But it still sounds good.
As mentioned above the dimensions, the lengths and the thickness of the windchimes are top priority factors. In a few words, there are several main rules for a deep tone wind chime. The first is to make your pipes shorter. Be careful not to make them too short as they can spoil the sound or take the melody away at all. Choose thicker pipes, which means the inner diameter must be small, and the outer diameter has to be far bigger.
On the internet, you can find plenty of templates and other useful information about building windchimes. Search for the most preferable design and download the template, print it as you’re going to use it for cutting out the details. Besides, you must look for the correct dimensions to know how much material you need and how to work with it.
Follow these simple guidelines to make your own deep tone wind chimes.
Step 1 Cut the pipe into pieces
Start with the pipe, cutting it into five pieces which will give you five different tones. Check all the dimensions of the required pieces depending on the material you are using, in the charts, which are available on the internet.
Step 2 Drill the holes at the optimum handing point
Using the same charts you can easily define the distance where the optimum heading point is located. With the help of a measuring tape and a marker put some marks on the pipe pieces. Later you can spray the pipe pieces in silver to make them look nicer.
Step 3 Prepare the rest of the parts
- The top
For other details, such as the top support disk, the striker, and the sail, you can use wood. Cut out the pieces with the abovementioned templates, and process them to get the ultimate look of your future windchimes. Now drill the holes in the wooden pieces and screw in the eyelets, which will hold the chime.
On the one side of the top support disk, there must be six eyelets, and on the other one, there will be three holes with eyelets that will hold the chains to hang the unit to the ceiling.
- The sail
Don’t drill the hole at the top of the sail, because the windchimes grab the air much better if the sail is slightly angled. Instead make a hole in the center, put a string through the hole, make a knot in the string. This way it will hang at the needed angle.
Step 4 Hang the pipes with the nylon cord
This part of the work is a little bit tricky. Take a long piece of the cord and make a slipknot in it. Take the loop and stick it to a dowel there, then fish it down into the pipe. Use some steel wire to catch that loop with, and send it through to the other side.
When the wire goes through the pipe, holding the slipknot, tighten the knot carefully.
Tug on it and press the wire in slightly. This way, the part of the wire inside the pipe will become V-shaped and won’t slide back and forth.
On both sides outside the pipe wrap the wire and create the loops to prevent it from sliding back inside of the hole. Repeat the same with all the pipes.
Step 5 Assemble the construction
Put the chain through the eyelets to hang it from the ceiling. Start fixing the pipes with the longest one, cinch it up close to the top support disc. Tie all the pipes to make them bottom aligned. This means that all the pipes are at about the same level at the bottom. This style of hanging the tubes makes the striker easily touch all the pieces and produce amazing tunes.
- The striker
To fix the striker put an eyelet through the hole. Use the coupling on the other side to hook another eyelet there. This type of fixture will make the striker go back and forth without flopping. The main thing about the striker is that we never fix it in the middle. You can choose either the top third or the lower third if you want to get the best sound. Tie on the wind sail to the central eyelet. Your own unique windchimes are ready, and now you can enjoy wonderful deep relaxing tunes.
If you have a desire to make your own deep tone wind chimes remember some peculiarities of the design and construction of this instrument. Pick the tubes with larger diameter but still thick enough. The best materials are glass, wood, or soft metals, as they produce gorgeous deep sounds.