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  1. #1
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    Default Wind Chime Metal

    I just purchased a Plasma cutter and my wife asked me to make her some wind chimes. My question is what to use for the chimes that will make a clear 'ring'. I have used stainless stock in the past and it sounds dull. Someone said to use tool steel (hardened). I don't have much experience with aluminum or copper, but I am willing to try if people think that will work. I don't really like wood or bamboo, mostly for durability.


    Anybody have any experience with this type of question?

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    mbcft42,

    Hotfoot, over on Hobart, is probably the resident authority on gongs and wind chimes.

    He's posted up quite a lot of information.

    Can't remember if he posts on the Miller board.

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    Default Chimes

    I made a wind chime for my wife. I used 1" ID rigid copper tubing. There are about 5 chimes starting at about 4 ft long. Decide what type of sound you like. Long and larger diameters give a nice "dong" rather than a "tinkle" sound.
    The 5 chimes were of different lengths for various sounds. Larger chimes and clanger take more wind to sound. The old door bells with a rich ding dong used rigid thinwall brass tube of 2 different lengths. How you hang the chimes makes a big difference. You can't hold one in your hand and hit.....it will be dead as can be. Hopes this helps. You may notice most chimes are not suspended from the top but from further down so the chime gets more action as it pivots from this point.
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    I've used 1/2" EMT in the past and it worked fine. It's also a lot cheaper than SS or copper.

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    But doesn't have a very good sound ....................tried it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monte55 View Post
    But doesn't have a very good sound ....................tried it.
    That's a matter of personal opinion. I've had no complaints.

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    This info is a little off topic here, but old, 1940s vintage, steel fire extinguishers make great gongs. I've picked up a few and some have really nice sound. The newer made ones ring more like a beer can.
    Jim

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    Since the OP stated that he just got a NEW PLASMA cutter he wants to Cut out shapes, patterns, animals etc rather than make a Tube Chime, which can be made with a Hacksaw
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    Quote Originally Posted by monte55 View Post
    I made a wind chime for my wife. I used 1" ID rigid copper tubing. There are about 5 chimes starting at about 4 ft long. Decide what type of sound you like. Long and larger diameters give a nice "dong" rather than a "tinkle" sound.
    The 5 chimes were of different lengths for various sounds. Larger chimes and clanger take more wind to sound. The old door bells with a rich ding dong used rigid thinwall brass tube of 2 different lengths. How you hang the chimes makes a big difference. You can't hold one in your hand and hit.....it will be dead as can be. Hopes this helps. You may notice most chimes are not suspended from the top but from further down so the chime gets more action as it pivots from this point.
    he he....he he he.....he said: dong

    AWWW C'MON!!! YOU GUYS WERE ALL THINKING IT!!!!!!!!! Oh, Nick, btw, I'm sure it matters what gauge was the copper tubing you used for your "dong?"
    he he....he he he.....
    I'm not late...
    I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    he he....he he he.....he said: dong

    AWWW C'MON!!! YOU GUYS WERE ALL THINKING IT!!!!!!!!! Oh, Nick, btw, I'm sure it matters what gauge was the copper tubing you used for your "dong?"
    he he....he he he.....
    Ok I only had afew minutes before leaving for work...and I hadda say.......this made me laugh.......I guess my mind is in the gutter too..right where it feels at home LOL Jim
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