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Windchime #2

About

Completed

Early 2007

Current Owner

Red

Current Location

Mountain View, CA

Materials

polished 1" copper tubing, black ABS, fishing line, steel

Finish

clear varathane


Background

This was my second attempt at a windchime. This time, I used larger diameter copper pipe (1 inch) and tuned it to a more classic pentatonic scale with 4 chimes

Details

The feather and striker selection also drove the top plate. In this case, I went for a black abs with a slotted pattern. In layman's terms, I found some plastic drain grates and modified them accordingly. I liked the way the black contrasted the bright "red" of the copper. The slots also make the feather design a little more alluring.

This time around, I mounted each chime at an antinode for maximal resonance and tone purity. Additionally, I located the striker at the antinode of each chime (the chimes are therefore no longer "top justified" like in Windchime #1).

Once again, as for tuning, and node/antinode calculations, striker size, feather distance, top plate size, how to hang the chimes... we'll cover more on that later.

Construction Notes

This time, I took great care in cleaning the copper (water/IPA several times) after polishing. I also made sure the copper was completely dry and free of finger oils and as close to room temperature as possible. Only then did I apply numerous light coats of varathane to build up a good protective layer. The effort paid off, as these chimes (which see more sun than #1) have survived the elements quite well.

Winchime #2 Full View

Windchime #2 Top Plate
Windchime #2 Striker Detail