Using Brass Tubing to Create Wind Chimes

Brass tubing has various applications. Nylon tube It is popularly used in industrial applications as well as in constructing homes and buildings. But other than these, the material can also be used to create wind chimes for your home.

A wind chime is a form of musical instrument that normally adorns many homes. It is hang outside to enable it to create music that’s pleasing to the ears every time the wind blows across it. When brass tubing is used to make this, you can be sure to enjoy gentle music in your own home. Unaware to many of you, this is the same material used in making some of the famous wind musical instruments especially those used in orchestras such as the trumpet, saxophone, trombone, flute and the like.

But unlike the real musical instruments, creating a wind chime is very easy to do. All you need are four to eight small brass tubing with a one-eighth thickness which you can obtain from hardware stores or you can order conveniently online. You can freely choose the shape and thickness of the material depending on the type of sound you’d like to achieve. Keep in mind that the thicker the tube, the less sound it produces and the longer the tube, the deeper the sound it emits.

The first step is to make a circular wooden top from which you will hang the tubes. The diameter will depend on the number of tubing you want to use. There also has to be a clapper that will do the job of striking the brass tubes. Next is to prepare a thick nylon thread for hanging the tubes. Get a screw hook as well for securing your wind chime to a roof overhang.

At this stage, you can start cutting your brass tubing with the use of a hacksaw. Make sure, though, that you have marked the areas where you’re going to cut. Create different lengths to produce varying sounds and attach them to the wooden top in ascending order. However if you want, you can always use tubes with just one length.

Before putting the nylon thread, it’s best that you sand the edges of the tubing first. This will avoid tearing of the thread every time they move with the wind. From there, you can drill two small holes facing each other on the topmost part of the tube. Drill holes as well to the wooden top about an inch apart. Then you can already insert the nylon thread first into the brass tubing and then attach it to the wooden top.

The last step is to gather all the nylon threads to create a triangular shape at the top and then attach them to the screw hook. Just make sure you tie them securely to the hook so that even though the wind is a bit strong, the wind chime stays in place. This can be a great do it yourself project you can do at home with your children. It’s not even an expensive thing to do but one which can give you enjoyment.