When decorating a stylized landscape design or interior of a room, they try to fill the space with thematic decor elements, some of which can be made by hand. Today I would like to talk about the "music of the wind" or about wind chimes (mills). Someone uses wind chimes to recreate elements of an oriental theme in their interior, some as an element of Feng Shui, for others it's just an interesting thing that makes a pleasant sound. If you do not yet have such an attribute of Eastern culture, and you have been wanting to buy it for a long time, you should not rush to go to the store, perhaps you have everything to make it at home.
Windmills are made of anything. To do this, use glass, small metal objects, wood, stalks of reeds and bamboo, from small things close to the heart - in general, from everything that makes a sound from the wind blowing upon impact.
Naturally, if you want to create a magical Feng Shui talisman with your own hands, then you will not be able to do this without a certain theory. You can read about the "correct" Feng Shui attributes on other resources. When I was making a wind chime, I did not pursue the goal of creating such a Feng Shui object.
I wanted to replicate the traditional oriental bamboo wind chime that can be seen at the ends and entrances of Chinese houses. For me, wind music is attractive because it is pleasant to the ear and arises spontaneously with a different gust of wind, as well as the aesthetics and originality of this element of Eastern culture. So, let's get to the point.
In order to make our own wind chime we need bamboo, an "attractive" piece of a branch, a rope and tools. You can grow bamboo at home, buy it in a store, or look for an unnecessary bamboo fishing rod in the attic. I used the last option when creating a master class.
The bamboo rod is dry and varnished to make the job much easier. Dry bamboo is easy to cut, and the varnish is weatherproof and decorative.
First, you need to decide on the size of the bell. The larger size is perfect for your garden and outdoor placement, the 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 layout of the future homemade product for a start.
Take paper and roll the bell elements into tubes of various sizes. Place the made convolutions on the floor for clarity. The best option will be followed by an example for repetition, but this time with bamboo. We take the bundles and measure them, then using a hacksaw for metal, carefully cut the bamboo into fragments.
Now we can tackle the crossbar on which the suspended bamboo will be attached. In my case, I took a piece of a thick trunk from a live Christmas tree. When the tree crumbled, I did not dare to throw it away, but prudently cut it off with the idea of cutting a New Year's toy out of it in memory of the last 2013 year.
We take a plane and cut off the bark so that bugs do not curl there. We process it with a plane, if necessary, sand it with sandpaper. In this matter, the main thing is not to overdo it, so that our product does not lose its natural appearance. Cut the crossbar to size with a hacksaw, then carefully cut the chamfers with a sharp penknife.
After we have prepared the bamboo and the crossbar, we take a drill and drill holes in the blanks. The number of holes on the bar corresponds to the number of prepared bamboo fragments plus two holes for hanging the wind chime itself.
We also drill jumpers in the bamboo trunk in order to make the bamboo trunk a tube.The through tube is made so that, if you wish, you can hang the bell in the garden (this will prevent rainwater from accumulating in the cavities). We drill holes in the suspension tubes.
We take a strong rope (twine) or thick thread and thread it through the holes made.
To give aesthetics to the bamboo tubes, we wrap the base in a circle at the attachment points. On top of the tube loops can be secured with wire or a thick knot.
You can also simply wrap it around the bar without drilling holes. We glue the places where the rope is wrapped with PVA glue.
Apply the glue in a thin layer so as not to overlap the texture of the wrapped thread.
If you want to hang a wind chime in your garden, be sure to treat it with wood preservative. This is how the wind chime will delight you for many years.