Last updated on April 21st, 2022 at 09:37 pm
If you are here to know about how to restring a wind chime then you are in the right place. Restringing a wind chime is not that difficult a process. But this overall thing is a bit technical.
This is why most people don’t have the guts to build their wind chimes by themselves. But if you build once on your own, you won’t forget the method.
The wind chimes come in different styles and designs. So the stringing method is also different. But the principle is somewhat similar. Here, I will talk about the complete stringing process of a wind chime of common design.
Why You Need To Restring A Wind Chime
Normally, the wind chimes come strung. Again. If you buy it from a brick and mortar store, they will string it for you. However, sometimes the online shop owners deliver the wind chimes unassembled.
In that case, you will need to restring that wind chime on your own. Wind chimes are mostly hanging outdoors. So, it’s very common for the wind chime to be affected by storms, rains, cyclones, or even light rains.
In the worst-case scenario, your wind chime might be lost after a stormy night. If not then you will find it tangled up or unstrung.
Another reason for restringing a wind chime is the modification. If you want to modify your wind chime to get a unique sound you may need to add or remove any component from the chime. Anyway, it’s always preferable to know how to string a wind chime just in case you need it.
The Step By Step Guide On How To Restring a Wind Chime
1. Gather All The Wind Chime Repairing Tools
Just like yet another DIY project you need to make your hands dirty learning how to string a wind chime. Therefore, the first step is to get all the necessary things all together in a place.
This little step will help you a lot while performing the actual steps. You don’t need anything peculiar for this mission. Some threads or strings, a needle, a cutting knife, a measuring tape (and some nails or staples) will be adequate.
These things are normally available in almost every house. If you have already collected your things we can proceed with the next step.
2. Choose The Best Cord For The Wind Chime
After getting all the tools ready you need the most crucial thing, that is the string. It will be used to tie up the tubes, clappers, and windcatchers in place. So, it is very likely that you will want the best strings to build your wind chime.
If you are building the chime just after unboxing it you will find the compatible string inside the packaging. Normally, these are supplied by the manufacturer.
However, if your OEM strings are damaged or lost you have to buy the strings separately. There are different types of strings available in the market. You may not be able to find strings specifically for wind chimes in your local shop.
However, normal fiber strings, nylon strings, and even fishing lines can be used in the wind chimes. However, I don’t recommend buying fishing lines unless you have no other choices. No matter what kind of thread you are choosing, always choose the strong one.
It will help to protect your heavy wind chimes. However, using a thick string will require stronger winds to create sounds. This is why use your common-sense and experience to select the best thread.
3. Use Your Skill And Patience
This is the main part of this process. I am assuming that you did remove the torn strings from the wind chime completely. If you haven’t done that yet, you should do that now.
Now, you should attach the string with a needle. The eye of the needle should be large enough. Although it depends on how thick string you are using.
You can do the weaving without a needle. But it will be very difficult. Then, weave the string through the tubes of the wind chime. You can see the provided manual to know how you should do it.
Here I have attached a sample video that will guide you through the whole process of how to restring a wind chime. You can watch that for a better understanding.
If your wind chime has a wooden top bar then you have to use a staple to attach the string with that. This is quite easy. Just you need to have good measurement skills. Otherwise, your wind chime will not be aligned perfectly horizontal.
4. Check Out The Sound Notes
The tone will likely change after you restring the wind chime. This is why you should check the sound notes by shaking the wind chime or keeping it before a fan. If everything is okay you can hang it in your desired place.
Otherwise, you might have to go through a trial and error process to get your desired sound notes. You can do that by moving the clappers, windcatcher, and tubes at a different height.
A little adjustment will alter the sound notes drastically. This is why you should be careful enough while doing these fine adjustments.
How To Restring A Metal Wind Chime
Restringing a metal wind chime is no different than restringing an ordinary wooden wind chime. All the wind chimes follow the same technique for stringing. However, some peculiar wind chimes look different.
They require slightly different methods for restringing. Metal wind chimes do not have a solid base on the top. This is why you don’t need to staple the string on that. In a sense, it’s easier.
They have metal top rings that are drilled to attach the string. If you are an expert in restringing a wooden chime then you won’t face any difficulties while stringing a metal wind chime.
How To Tune A Wind Chime
Tuning the wind chime is a vital thing after restringing. After you learn how to restring a wind chime it becomes compulsory to know how to tune a wind chime. Every wind chime is tuned by the manufacturer after it is made.
However, it’s a tricky thing to be done by amateurs. Because you need a little bit of musical instruments knowledge to do this. However, if you are not that sensitive to the sound notes, you can just ignore the tuning process after restringing.
The main thing about the tuning of a wind chime is to get your desired sound output. If you have a music sense, then you can tune that based on the octave.
Best String For Wind Chimes
As I said in the previous section, it’s not easy to declare the best cord or string for wind chimes. It depends on the material of the wind chime. On top of that, the hanging place of the wind chime affects strings.
This is why I always say, try out different types of cords so that you know which one suits better on your wind chimes. You can also go for the similar cords that were provided with the wind chime when it was bought.
How Do You Get The Rust Off Wind Chimes?
Metal wind chimes are prone to rust. Although the tubes have a coating on top of them to protect them from weather and corrosion. However, if your wind chime stays outdoors in rain it may get rusty. You can use any kind of rust removal kits or create a vinegar solution at home to remove the rust.
Well, I hope this article has helped you to understand the process of how to restring a wind chime. Yet some people will find it difficult when doing it for the first time. I understand! But don’t worry, after you have successfully strung a wind chime, it will seem very easy to you. Happy chiming.