Wind Music or Wind Chimes (Mills)

When you design a stylized landscape design or interior room try to fill the space with thematic elements of decor, some of which can be done by hand. Today I want to talk about the "music of the wind" or wind bells (windmills). Someone uses wind chimes to recreate the elements of oriental themes in their interior, some as an element of Feng Shui, for someone it is just an interesting thing that makes a pleasant sound. If you do not have such an attribute of Eastern culture, and you have long wanted to buy it - you shouldn’t rush to go to the store, maybe you have everything to make it at home.

Windmills are made from anything. To do this, use glass, small metal objects, wood, stalks of reeds and bamboo, from small things that are close to the heart - in general, from everything that makes a sound when struck by the wind when struck.

Naturally, if you want to create your own Feng Shui magic talisman, then without a certain theory you will not succeed. On the "correct" attributes of Feng Shui, you can read on other resources. When I was making a wind chime, I did not pursue the goal of creating such an object Feng Shui.

I wanted to repeat the traditional oriental wind bell from bamboo, which can be seen at the ends and entrances of Chinese houses. For me, the music of the wind is attractive because it is pleasant on the ears and arises spontaneously with a different gust of wind, just as it attracts the aesthetics and originality of this element of oriental culture. So, more to the point.

In order to make your wind music we need bamboo, an “attractive” piece of twigs, a rope and tools. Bamboo can be grown at home, bought in a store, or searched for an unnecessary bamboo rod in the attic. The last option when creating a master class I took advantage.

Bamboo rod dry and treated with varnish, which greatly facilitates the work performed. Dry bamboo is well cut, and the lacquer coating protects against weathering and gives the surface decorative properties.

First, you need to decide on the size of the bell. A larger size is perfect for your garden and outdoor seating, a smaller one will fit well into a room or corridor of your house (apartment). To make it easier for you to decide, you can make a mock-up for homemade work to begin with.

Take the paper and roll up the bell elements of different size into tubes. Place the convolutions on the floor for clarity. The best option is followed by an example for repetition, but already with bamboo. We take the convolutions and measure them, then with a hacksaw, we carefully cut the bamboo into fragments.

Now we can deal with the crossbar on which the hanging bamboo will be mounted. In my case, I took a piece of thick trunk from a live New Year tree. When the tree crumbled, I did not dare to throw it away, but prudently cut off with the idea to cut a New Year's toy from it in memory of the past 2013th year.

We take a plane and cut off the bark so that the bugs do not curl there. We process with a plane, if necessary sanding with sandpaper. In this case, the main thing is not to overdo it so that our product does not lose its natural look.Using a hacksaw, cut the crossbar to size, then carefully cut the chamfer with a sharp penknife.

After you have prepared the bamboo and the crossbar, take a drill and drill holes in the blanks. The number of holes on the crossbar corresponds to the number of prepared bamboo fragments plus two holes to hang the wind chime itself.

We also drill jumpers in the bamboo trunk in order to make a bamboo trunk with a pipe. The through tube is made so that if you wish, you can hang a bell in the garden (this will not accumulate rainwater in the cavities). In the tubes for suspension we drill holes.We take a strong rope (string) or a thick thread and thread through the holes made.To give aesthetics to bamboo tubes, we wrap a base around the fixings in a circle. On top of the loop from the tubes can be fastened with a wire or a thick knot.You can also just wrap around the crossbar without drilling holes. We glue the places of the winding with a rope with white glue.

Apply a thin layer of glue to avoid overlapping the texture of the wrapped thread.

If you want to hang a wind chime in the garden, do not forget to treat it with an antiseptic to protect the wood. So the music of the wind will delight you for many years.