Choosing a Chime
Not all chimes are the same – there are different materials that make for different sounds. We break down the major types and their sounds for you inside.
With their sleek look, aluminum wind chimes have become the most popular style of wind chime on the market today. Being made of metal, they require very little maintenance and are extremely durable, able to withstand years of exposure to the elements without chipping or rusting.
The most popular type of aluminum chime is the tubular design. Each tube is precision-tuned by hand to produce specific chords and keys, with every one working in harmony to make the melodic tones that these wind chimes are known for.
An aluminum wind chime is a great way to add a decorative accent that brings a peaceful, calming atmosphere to any area of your home, indoors or out.
Glass wind chimes produce a very soft, delicate tone, but they’re usually chosen more for their stunning looks than the sounds they make. Because glass is such an easy medium to work with, you can find glass wind chimes with all sorts of designs, from animals to fleur-de-lis to innovative artistic creations.
Glass chimes also have the advantage of color – rather than just a plain metal finish, you can find glass chimes in all sorts of magnificent styles, some even featuring stained glass, to complement your home or outdoor area.
It’s important to note that extra care should be taken when placing one outside to ensure its durability. Glass wind chimes are a very beautiful way to bring light and color to any area of your living space.
Copper & Bronze
Copper and bronze wind chimes have long been common additions to outdoor gardens and patios.
You can find hundreds of varieties of copper and bronze chimes, each with their own unique design and sound. These chimes are weatherproof and very durable, so they can be placed confidently in any outdoor area to provide years of enjoyment.
They require very little maintenance and don’t chip, so you don’t have to worry about painting them to make sure they retain their elegant look.
In fact, these copper and bronze chimes age very gracefully when hung outside, developing a beautiful patina over time.
The most popular style of metallic chime is the tubular design, with each tube hand-tuned to produce a specific note, every one working in harmony to make the melodic tones that these wind chimes produce.
Tips for Taking Care of DIY Wind Chimes
With our special tips on taking care of your chime, you can enjoy it for years to come. Keep reading to find out all our helpful tips!
Wind chimes are designed to improve the visual aspect of your home. Many of them can actually last for as long as 10 years.
However, just like any other object we own, wind chimes require proper care as they are very susceptible to wear and tear. So, to make sure that you continue to enjoy the sounds of your wind chime, we have prepared you a list on how you can extend the life of your precious home ornament.
1. Never ignore instructions
Not all wind chimes are created the same; some are labeled as “indoor” and others as “outdoor.”
Do not attempt to showcase your wind chime outdoors if it’s meant to be displayed away from the glistening sun.
Likewise, since wind chimes are made out of several different materials, their cleaning instructions would also vary.
Just because water and soap works well with some glass wind chime does not mean the mixture is going to be fine with a wood wind chime.
If you’re not sure with the cleaning tactics, you can always contact your retailer and they will be able to provide you with the right cleaning directions.
2. Don’t clean with pointed equipment
Avoid using any tool with pointed edges as they can potentially leave a scratch or mark on your wind chime. This is especially true for wind chimes that have pieces of small mirrors or crystals.
A piece of cloth and water can normally do the job of removing collected dusts and cobwebs on your chime.
Also read the reviews for gutter cleaning tools.
3. Hang your chime in the right place
A common spot to hang the wind chime is near the door. Unfortunately, it’s not always the right place especially if there are nearby objects that can hit the chime or its ornaments. Similarly, placing your wind chime within reach of your children or pets is not a good idea.
So, carefully choose the place and assess the distance from where the wind chime will be hung.
4. Change wind chime string whenever necessary
Make it a habit to check the string of your wind chime every once in a while. If you notice that the wind chime string is already fraying, don’t hesitate to replace it.
There are quite a few online and offline stores nowadays that offer durable wind chime strings in different materials. Synthetic fiber is a good choice to consider.
5. Take advantage of the warranty
Whether you’re buying online or in a brick and mortar store, always check if the wind chime comes with a warranty and for how long. This way, if something goes wrong with the product, you know what to do or where to take it for repair or replacement.
Hanging your chime
Many people wonder where the best place is to put their chime. We’ve got a few ideas of our own to share!
Deciding where to place your wind chime is just as important as deciding which wind chime to purchase. For a stylish accent to you outdoor living space that brings a relaxing feel, consider hanging it from the roof of your house or a patio overhang.
You can even opt for an extended hook to place your wind chime further out from your home, allowing it to catch more wind to produce even more of its beautiful sound.
The material of your wind chime is also important when considering where to place it. Aluminum and other metal chimes work great virtually anywhere due to their high durability and weatherproof nature.
Love the impressive look of a glass wind chime but worried about the weather? No problem, just hang it inside your house near a vent or window with a gentle breeze. Colorful glass wind chimes placed near a window catch the light and make a beautiful display, brightening up any room.
Although not technically wind chimes, door chimes are smaller versions that make an attractive way to welcome guests into your home.
These chimes can be hung on the door frame or the door itself and, in addition to catching the wind, will sound their tones whenever the door is opened.
Door chimes can also double as a security device, alerting you when someone enters your home with their distinct sound.
Choosing the right hook is a very important step to getting the most out of your wind chime. Hooks come in a range of sizes, ranging from just a few inches to over a foot long, to suit a variety of needs.
If you want to hang your wind chime close to your house so you can always enjoy its beauty and sound, a smaller hook may be for you. If you want yours to extend outward to catch more of the wind or to hang some place away from your home, consider a longer hook.
You can find hooks in all sorts of styles, from a classic wrought iron shepherd’s staff to colorful, fancy metal designs in a variety of shapes, from animals to tree limbs. Choosing the right hook can greatly enhance the aesthetic appeal of your wind chime.