Wind chimes date back to thousands of years when they were first introduced in ancient China. Wind chimes produce soothing sounds due to breeze and strong gusts of wind. Apart from being decorative pieces, wind chimes are also believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the house. As per the ancient Feng Shui wisdom, wind chimes radiate positive energy to all parts of the house. Wind chimes can also be used to scare away birds.
The best wind chime for your house or garden depends upon your personal taste. However, to select a suitable wind chime, it is necessary to have some basic knowledge about them. Some facts about wind chimes have been discussed here.
Various types of materials are used to construct wind chimes. The tone of the sound produced by the wind chime depends upon its material. The common materials used for the construction of wind chimes are as follows.
- Metal wind chimes can be easily designed to produce specific notes such as church bells, soft notes, tower bells, etc. The sound produced by metal wind chimes travels a long distance. Metal wind chimes are also highly durable, which makes them resistant against weather elements. Aluminum is a popular choice among metal wind chimes because they produce clear and high volume notes and are highly durable. Copper wind chimes are very aesthetically appealing due to their rustic appearance. Brasswind chimes produce soft sound. Steel wind chimes are cheap, but they produce harsh sounds.
- Glass wind chimes produce a light tinkling sound, but the sound does not travel far because glass does not vibrate. They come in a plethora of colorful decorative varieties. Glass wind chimes are delicate and need to be handled carefully.
- Bamboo wind chimes feature hollow bamboo tubes that produce a series of soft sounds like a fountain. They need to coat with oil and another protective coating to protect against rotting and moisture infiltration.
Length of the tubes
The length of the tubes is an important determinant to select the best wind chime as per your preference.
Long tubes produce low pitched and deep notes, which produce a relaxing and soothing effect. This is known as bass. Such wind chimes are known as low tone chimes.
Short tubes produce high pitched notes. If you prefer higher notes, then a wind chime having short tubes are suitable.
Number of tubes
The number of tubes have a direct bearing on the number of notes produced. Greater the number of tubes, more will be the variation in notes and more number of harmonies. If you prefer less notes and are more concerned with the sound quality, then a wind chime having few tubes is suitable.
Greater the size of wind chime, more will be the wind required to produce a sound. Thus, if you want the wind chime to produce notes even when hit by a light breeze, then a small sized wind chime is suitable. Otherwise, opt for a large wind chime.