Choosing Wind Chimes By Design

 By: Brian Halloran
Knowing The Differences Between Wind Chimes

Everybody knows what a wind chime is. Wind chimes fill the open air with soft and soothing sounds. The difference in wind chime styles is as different as the sounds they make.

Classic wind chimes are musical by design. The slightest breeze can make the tubes ring aloud for all to hear. Harmony radiates between each tone in a unity of sounds that seem to float through the air. Most use a computer tuning process that creates a synergy of the sounds when they mesh together.

Woodstock wind chimes offer a visually appealing look to the classic wind chime. The visual appeal usually outshines the musical harmony. However, you can always find a Woodstock chime that shines visually as well as auditory.

Harmony chimes produce their sound from metal rods. Aluminum and brass pipes hang creating a louder sound with the increase wind flow. They come in both big and small sizes, which determines the chimes pitch.

Bamboo wind chimes are less durable then their metal counterpart. They offer a sound more like an Asian villa than a beach bungalow. They are lightweight and generally thought to relieve stress and provide a calming state.

Butterfly wind chimes are particularly pleasing in garden environments. They are usually artistic in nature. The visual presentation is the focus as colors dance on each chime. The butterfly designed chimes compliment the outdoor and summertime motif.

Solar wind chimes are one of the newer designs of the wind chimes. While the wind pushes the bells during the day a solar panel stores energy from the sun, once the evening sky is covered in darkness the solar panel uses its stored energy to illuminate the wind chime at night.

Spiral wind chimes are designed in a circular fashion. The pipes usually get longer as the cylindrical shape spins around. The randomness of the striker produces a sound that surrounds a particular octave or scale.

Glass Wind Chimes are usually handmade with stained or decorative glass, because of their decorative nature; most glass wind chimes are one of a kind. They do not ring as loud as metal pipes and they do not sound in tune like spiral chimes but what they do offer is a beautiful soft sound and a lot of decoration.

Clay wind chimes, usually made from clay pots are bright and decorative and colors are added to give the wind chime some artistic flair. Often times the clay is carved into appealing designs.

With all this talk about wind chime designs, one very important factor to consider in choosing your wind chime is the sound of the wind chime. Like fashion sense, everyone has a favorite and every one is different. The best way to choose which wind chime is for you is to get out and experience what wind chimes have to offer, chances are sooner or later you will find the perfect wind chime, whether it's sound, decoration, or feng shui, it will definitely improve your surroundings.
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