While sitting in the not-quite-scorching shade of a loquat tree, the dischordant tones of a problamatic windchime bothered me. After fixing the poorly tied string of the chimes, it occurred to me that I am lacking a windchime. Unacceptable! Fortunately, I have the internet and some crap laying about.
What Do I Know About Windchimes?
Ahem... "What did I know about windchimes?"
"Not much". However, a bit of internet searching led to http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/windchime.html which is a trove of information about the lengths tubes need to be in order to make a musical scale.
What I Now Know
- The lovely pentatonic scale is:
- The Root Note
- The Major Second
- The Major Third
- The Fifth
- The Major Sixth
- A chime should be suspended at 22.4% of the chime's length
- I should really really really double check my measurement and "cut once"
- A metric tape measure needs to be in my future because fractions are proof that the imperial system is fucking evil.
Making a Calculator
The Pain of Fractions
Due to the lack of a metric tape measure, I had to deal with some shitty fractions in order to get a semi-precise measurement. The 1/8th of an inch was my "precise" measurement, and my longest tube would be 2 feet in length; which is 192 eights of a inch.
Sadly, I had to go from eighths to a percent back to eighths. blech gimme that sweet metric system!
Gather Some Supplies
Make some wrong computations, get some tubes, borrow a hacksaw.
This is my original computations where I use the first 5 notes of a justified scale instead of a pentatonic scale.
Cut the Tubes
Forsome reason, I have not yet built/bought/acquired some form of miter box. Anyway, my hacksaw cuts are a bit wonky, but hey, that's the way I roll.
Make a Metal Drill Bit
After failing miserably to drill a hole through the metal tube with what I can only assume was a drill bit made for wood, I had to improvise.
With my rotary cutting tool, I removed the head from a self tapping metal screw, and used the remaining bit of the screw as a metal drill bit.
The Suspending Frame
The bottom of my PBR bucket was the perfect size for making a circle from which I could suspend my cut tubes.
Divide the Circle Into 5 Parts
Because the windchime will have 5 chimes, it was necessary to mark off the circumference in 5 increments in order to determine where to drill holes in the suspending frame. For this I used a bit of twine, a pen, and a thumb tack.
The smaller circle is from a tracing of my favorite orange cup, and it will be used as the chime hammer.
Make a Metal Drill Bit
Holes were drilled
a rattle can painted things black
scrap was used for the wind catchy thingy
...and the wind chime was hung from an oak tree
So what does it sound like? Pretty damn good if you ask me!