Learning About Wind Chimes

win326__84323.jpg Wind Chimes are fascinating and intricate instruments that produce music when wind blows over them. Some wind chimes are very loud and can be heard for a long distance, while others create delightfully soft tones. However have you ever wondered how they are made and how all the parts fit together to make that unique sound? Typically regarded as a strictly decorative item, the platform, a flat and smooth piece with elements hanging on it, is significantly essential to the framework of a wind chime. Freely swinging within a set of wind chimes is a clapper, which strikes them to make a sound. One can avoid including a clapper by designing wind chimes to hit each other naturally, although the resultant sound is often less pure. The chimes are tubes commonly composed of aluminum or some other metal, as well as glass, seashells and bamboo. In order to make use of any flowing breeze, the weight, or wind sail, triggers the wind chime to fall straight because it is designed like a sail. And finally, to hold the entire device together, a form of cord or fine gauge wire is used.

Wind Chime Options: Bells & Dreamcatchers

Your wind chime garden should have a handful of dream catchers, birdhouses and sculptures to accentuate and beautify you outdoor garden. You may even experience new and beautiful tones from your wind chimes because of the open space which, depending on the direction of the wind, allows the sound to reverberate off of.

There are even more practical reasons to include these visual gems in your backyard space. If a road in front of your home makes a lot of disturbing traffic noise, think about placing your wind chime garden in the area which touches that particular road which can drown out the noise. Also carefully consider combining bold-toned wind chimes with tall flowers and designer grasses to produce a sound barrier.


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Traffic noises which still make it through will be greatly decreased with the inclusion of these extra wind chimes.

Ancient Climate Forecasters

Wind chimes could signal an oncoming storm, displaying discreet variations in weather conditions, long before current forecasting technology was introduced. Wind chimes added on ships and in farmer’s fields could demonstrate wind direction. Wind chimes hung in doorways and windows were understood to frighten off malicious spirits and defend against bad fortune. Motion Pictures very often invoke this warning element of danger. Terrifying or deadly scenarios are commonly precipitated by the ringing of wind chimes. Critters and other crop-damaging pests can be scared off by wind chimes installed in a farmer’s fields. In addition to scaring off pests, the bamboo wind chimes utilized by Balinese farmers offer double-duty by inviting good luck. Bird feeders and wind chimes don't work well together as the food invites the birds, but the chimes drive them away.

Staving off Evil Spirits with Wind Chimes

Roughly 5000 years ago, wind chimes made their first appearance. Wind chimes were being used by a number of various communities residing in many places of the world simultaneously. The function of garden wind chimes is as varying as their conception, covering several different civilizations over long periods of time. Some of the many usages of wind chimes include placing them in outdoor spaces for meditation purposes, religious devotion, staving off evil spirits, and celebrating the sounds of the wind.

Some of the first chimes were thought to have been created to defend against demons and malefic spirits; some such types were unearthed from a Southeastern Asian area. Although, wind chimes discovered in other parts of the world and dating from a similar time period, were determined to have been used to fend off birds and predators from crops and cattle.

About 1100 B.C. the Chinese set about masterfully producing bells and this paved the way for the use of bells in daily life. Unwelcome energies were fended off with the addition of wind bells, as they were often referred to, hung in homes and in shrines.

Common outdoor spaces also enjoyed wind bells due to their popularity in homes and shrines. The West set about making use of wind bells due to the spread of Asian inspiration in art and design.


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