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Wind Chime Buying Guide

Whimsical Winds Wind Chime Buying Guide
Anatomy of a Wind Chime Ring Hook All good quality chimes use a metal ring or strong knotted loop. This isolates the chimes suspension cord from the hanger. Suspension Cord Multi-ply, man-made synthetic cord for use outdoors. Suspension Platform A circular piece of wood or metal that keeps the tubes the correct distance apart. Tubes & Finish The part of the chime that makes sound. The sounds vary based on the material the tubes are made of. Striker or Clapper The striker, or clapper, strikes the tubes to create sounds. Wind Sail The wind sail catches the wind and moves the clapper to strike the tubes. The overall length of the chime, usually expressed in inches, measured from the top of the ring hook to the bottom of the sail. Most wind chimes made in the USA today are sized in this manner. Overall Length The overall length of the chime, usually expressed in inches, measured from the top of the ring hook to the bottom of the sail. Most wind chimes made in the USA today are sized in this manner.
What To Look For When Buying A Wind Chime The number of tubes that a wind chime has determines the number of notes that it can play. Wind chimes with many tubes have the ability to combine more sounds and create different harmonies. Wind chimes with fewer tubes ensure a smaller range of well-tuned sound. The tube finish on wind chimes primarily affects overall visual appeal. Since wind chimes are usually on display for all to see, this can be just as important as getting the right wind chime sound. Overall wind chime length determines the tone and depth of the sound. Longer wind chimes produce lower, fuller tones, while shorter wind chimes produce higher pitched tones. The size of the wind chime sail determines how much wind is needed to cause the wind chime to sound. Most of our wind chimes are designed to begin chiming in eight to ten mph breezes. This is a desirable size because a less substantial sail would compromise durability, while a larger, heavier sail would result in less sound.
Material Metal Chimes Metal wind chimes are our best sellers, for good reason! Because of their durability and high tuning accuracy, these chimes are the perfect gift. Only metal wind chimes can be tuned to specific tones and notes! Metal wind chimes come in a variety of melodies, and their tubes can even be tuned to well-known songs and themes. Metal wind chimes are also waterproof and rust resistant. You don't have to worry about them chipping or losing their beauty, so they'll last year after year. Bamboo Chimes Bamboo wind chimes are not as durable as metal wind chimes, but they are designed to provide beautiful, soothing sounds. The tones of bamboo wind chimes are hollow, deep and resonant. Although they cannot be tuned, these wind chimes can emulate relaxing sounds like rain or exotic drums. Since bamboo is a plant, it is lightweight and some splitting can occur. It may happen to some degree in your wind chime, though this has a minimal effect on sound quality. Choose bamboo wind chimes for a natural and environmentally friendly way to relieve stress, with tones that will soothe the soul.
Capiz Chimes Originating in the shallow waters off the coast of the Phillipines, our Capiz wind chimes are made from the shells of Windowpane oysters. These shells are flat & semitransparent with a pearlescent appearance. Capiz is often used to create wind chimes or other luminescent objects, because of its striking appearance when light shines through. Designs Tubular Chimes Tubular wind chimes are the most popular wind chime design. These wind chimes are available in a vast array of styles and sizes to suit any location. Tubular wind chimes are made of several vertically hanging tubes, with each tube lending its own tone. A tubular wind chime with tubes of varying length sounds great and offers exceptional visual appeal. Tubular wind chimes are typically aluminum, pewter or bamboo.
Disconnecting the wind sail Locate the sliding loop of string at the top of the windcatcher Loosen the string by tugging on the bottom part of the loop When the loop is large enough, slip the windcatcher through the sliding loop Pull the windcatcher off the loop of string Reconnecting the wind sail Thread the bottom of the center string through the hole in the windcatcher Pull the loop so it's longer than the windcatcher Open the loop and slide the windcatcher through it Pull tight to secure the windcatcher
Hanging Wind chimes come with a variety of suspension tops (as depicted above). No matter how you choose to hang them, make sure to directly attach the chime to the ring or loop at its upper part. Refrain from adding extra chain or string to lower the chime, as this can cause the entire chime to swing excessively, when in reality, you likely only want the central string and clapper to move. For optimal results, hang your chime in a location where the wind can access it from multiple directions. If you're hanging it from a building, an open corner works best. It's a good idea to experiment with different hanging heights, as wind tends to be stronger at greater elevations. Be cautious not to hang your chime closer than two feet to a wall, or in proximity to plants, furniture, or any objects that could obstruct or redirect the airflow. Even if you're on a screened-in porch, keep in mind that the screens might impede the breeze enough to prevent your chime from producing sound.
Maintenance Wood Parts Periodically utilize a clean cloth or brush to apply a thin layer of exterior Danish, teak, or lemon oil onto the wooden components. Consistent oiling will safeguard the wood against drying and decelerate its natural aging. Additionally, we recommend applying a fine coat of exterior varnish to the wooden parts every spring. Aluminum tubes, plastic, stone and glass parts When exposed to outdoor conditions, aluminum tubes might develop natural pitting or oxidation; however, this won't impact the sound. You can easily clean the tubes and other specified components using a damp cloth, mild soap, and water. Brass elements Apply a brass cleaner as needed. Gongs and plated components can be cleaned by gently wiping them with a duster or dry cloth. During severe weather conditions or harsh winters, it's advisable to bring in the chimes and gongs. The maintenance level your product necessitates varies based on your location and the extent of its exposure to outdoor elements.
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