How to Restring Wind Chimes

Bill Taylor
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Why Restring Your Wind Chimes?

There are a few reasons why you may want to restring your wind chimes. When you get new wind chimes, they’re simple to hang. But like anything in life, wind chimes do wear down over time, and some of the materials used in their design will deteriorate more quickly than others. The weight of the wind chime will also have an impact on the lifespan.

When you’re ready to hang them, you may find that one of two things happens. Either the string breaks as you’re pulling it up, or it just won’t stay up. When this happens, you need to restring your wind chimes to get them back up and moving.

Steps to String Wind Chimes

In order to restring your wind chimes, you’re going to need to get matching string and a drill. One of the key reasons for using a drill is to avoid putting a kink in the string. This is very important because a kink will make it impossible for your chimes to hang the way they’re supposed to.

Step 1: Drill a hole into the bottom of each loop.

Step 2: Tie your string into the holes.

Step 3: Pull the string down, being careful not to put any kinks in your string.

Step by Step Guide to Restringing Your Wind Chimes

Wind chimes have become more widespread and are increasingly being used as decorative elements at home. Wind chimes are also often given as gifts too so many people want to know how to restring wind chimes. This guide tells you how to restring your wind chimes and how to do it yourself even if you have no experience.

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Step 1:

Remove the old string

Remove the old beads. When you remove them, remove only the ones that are cracked or worn out. If you are using beads with holes that are larger than the beads you will put in, remove some beads so the new string can fit though.

Once you have removed the old string, you will replace it with new string. New string can be bought from almost any store including Walmart or Target. If you can’t get a new string, ask a local music store, they might have some. Buy about 8 feet (2.5 meters) of string. The string will be pulled tight when the wind chimes are hung so try to get some string that is a little thinner.

Consider the Type of String You’ll Use:

The length of the string will depend on whether you want to make a tight or loose weave, or whether you want to go up and down or left and right. In order to determine how long the string should be, you’ll need to know a few things about your chimes.

The first thing you’ll need to know is how deep the tubes inside the chimes are and how thick the metal bells are. Here’s my example. My chimes are made of copper and each tube is 0.4 inches deep. The tubes are also placed 2 inches apart on the sound board.

I decided on a weave pattern that would go horizontally (I actually wound up going horizontally and then back up so that I could wrap the string around the sound board). You want to leave yourself a little bit of slack – otherwise, the wind isn’t going to be able to get into the chimes to make them chime.

Remove the Old String

Unlike mason jar lights, wind chimes have a few more steps when it comes to stringing. It’s not the type of thing I was able to do solo, so I had to recruit some help.

1 Remove the existing string by pinching the string between both sets of teeth on the post (I chose to not cut the string and just remove the rest of it). Sometimes the string is just wedged and can be easily removed by pushing it through the top.

2 Feed the new string in between the teeth and tie on. I used a third hand clamp to hold the clamp in the other hand. It was a bit of a process, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually pretty easy.

3 Once you have all of the string removed, you can grab the very end with pliers and push it through the post.

4 Tie a Knot and Cut the String on the inside of the Post (Most Are Tightly Wedged, so Don’t Worry about Making a Clean Cut)

That’s it! Honestly it isn’t that difficult and you don’t need to be an expert to restring your wind chimes. Just take it slow and make sure to always hold the post steady.

Thread, Weave, Measure

Pull, Stretch, Re-Tie, Restring.

Replace, Restore or Repair.

As with most projects, I started out with a plan:

Remove existing string. (Reluctantly) Check on (ahem) progress, thread, weave, stretch, end to end, unravel, cut, measure, cut, pull, tie, cut, cut, measure, pull, tie, cut, pull, tie, measure, re-tie, replace, stretch, re-tie, cut, replace, restore or repair. {Reluctantly}

Dang, it took forever to get the string off. Each strand of string holds the chimes away from the wall. The previous stringing had too much string and the chimes wouldn’t move.

I decided to leave the previous string in place as a guide. You can see where each spring tuns around the chime.

Then I measured out how much new string it takes to replace, restore or repair .

For each chime, I doubled the string then tied a knot. This part is very important! I hate cutting and breaking down with uneven ends.

Tie Tiny Knots

Secure one end of string to a center stake. For uniform knots, replace wire when it wears out, but a piece of heavy fishing or wrapping wire will usually last years.

Secure one end of string to a center stake. For uniform knots, replace wire when it wears out, but a piece of heavy fishing or wrapping wire will usually last years.

Pull a sufficient length of string through clanger(s) to hang almost to the ground. Knot one end. Hold a tiny blade of grass between two fingers as a guide and slide a knitting needle through bead holes two beads apart (make sure string is between blade and needle). Push grass up needle. Bring string all the way through first bead and pull taut. Bend needle forward to loop around string; tie a tiny tight knot at the base. Pass needle back through both strings and the one just added. Pull tight and tie another knot.

Slide a knot up to a slightly higher bead; tie it. Pull two strings through one hole and out a lower one; bend needle forward around string; tie tiny tight knot. Continue.

Tips:

Veer slightly to the left side on first row to keep center of first row parallel with gaps between clangers.

Knots should be in constant contact with bead(s).

Check that string is always between blade and needle.

Conduct a Pitch Test

First, you’ll need to adjust the tension on your wind chimes. To do this, take your dead blow hammer and make sure that both arms of the wind chimes hang straight down. If they don’t, then you need to adjust one of the arms.

To do this, take the tool that came with your wind chime. Hold it firmly in one hand and tap the arm of the chime where the peg is. If it’s too high, tap the peg that goes in it to lower the pitch. If it’s too low, tap it slightly higher than where it is.

Once you’ve adjusted the pitch of one side, then you’ll want to do the same thing with the other side. Hit both pegs, then if anything is wrong, adjust it by hitting it in the opposite direction.

Tighten the Pegs

Once you’ve gotten the pitch where you want it, you’ll next want to tighten the pegs that secure the strings in the center of the chime. You don’t want the strings to move around too much when the chimes are in motion, or else they’ll be out of tune quickly.

Hang Your Wind Chimes Outdoors

You can also hang in inside, but they sound the best when you hang them outside.

Before you do, decide what kind of metal you want to use. You can hang most metal wind chimes outside, but some are better than others because they’re made for outside.

For example, if you live in a hot climate, you might want to avoid aluminum. Aluminum chimes corrode faster in hot, humid climates.

However, aluminum is affordable and easy to work with. And some people like the sound of aluminum better than other metals like brass or copper.

You can know if your chimes are made for outside by looking for the metal type on the label. If it starts with an “S,” it’s made for outside. S stands for “Stainless” which means the metal won’t corrode.

Feel free to coat the chimes with a clear coat of polyurethane to protect the finish.

Decide How Long You Really Want to Hang Your Chimes

The best way to hang your wind chimes is to hang them from an anchor on your house or deck.

Alternative Options for Restringing Wind Chimes

If you have a problem with stringing your wind chimes, I’ve got two suggestions: First, you could do away with the bottom glass orb and just have a chime tube and a top orb! Second, you could always go with a post-and-thread setup like this one. Basically, you’d have the threaded rod go straight through the center of a post, like so:

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Where Do Wind Chimes Come From?

Wind chimes are believed to have made their first appearance in China about 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. The Chinese used them to call back wandering spirits and lure them home. They were also used to keep evil spirits out and to signal changes in the season.

Today, wind chimes are used for many of the same reasons as they were then. People hang them in their yards for a little bit of light, to keep evil spirits out, to bring in the good spirits, to bring in good spirits and to signal changes in the weather. Some people believe that wind chimes bring peacefulness to whatever room they’re in.

What Do They Look Like?

Wind chimes can be made of many different materials such as metal, wood, bamboo, crystals and glass. The sounds of a wind chime depend on the type of material they are made from. In terms of sound, they are actually like musical instruments. If they are made of metal, they give off a mellow tone. Wood creates a deep tone, crystal is light and ethereal and glass gives off a high-pitched tone.

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Restringing Your Wind Chimes: Wrap Up

To sum up our post, you have a few main goals when it comes to restringing your wind chimes:

You need to make sure the length of the line is the same length as the chime. If they’re too long, you’ll end up with a lopsided chime.

You don’t want the new chord to get in the way of the chime’s swinging motion. If it hits the chord, it will just break it; however, if the chord’s too long, you may have to deal with the chord clashing with the chime as it swings.

Finally, the chord needs to be long enough to give a lot of flexibility for bigger chimes. Larger chimes have a little more room for error when it comes to striking the chord.

We’ve also posted a helpful guide to help you select a good chime, so make sure you take a look.

Good luck and don’t forget to take a look at more of our wind chime articles!

Restringing Your Wind Chimes: Step By Step