Large Wind Chime Metals

Best metal to use for making Wind Chimes?

Best pipe to use for making Wind Chimes?


When I am making large wind chimes, the metal choices we have are one of the very most important wind chime parts to consider for wind chime tubes and these basic three or four metals come into play when we are making wind chime tubes be they big, huge, and extra large metal wind chimes. Steel, Aluminum, and Copper. Each metal has it’s own properties where it regards weight, wall thickness, wind chime sound and tone, metal behavior in weather, and costs are also a factor when we making wind chimes, big wind chimes, large wind chimes, or the most extreme extra large wind chimes. Aluminum Copper and Steel are the most common and basic metals for making large wind chimes. 

Aluminum Wind chimes – Aluminum is a great metal choice for making large wind chimes however it comes with a cost. Aluminum is a light weight and soft metal first of all and in some regards aluminum wind chimes will rust or corrode at a much slower rate than other metal wind chime choices will, like copper wind chimes, or steel wind chimes. This is perhaps one of the most critical of all of the large wind chime parts, the large wind chime tubes or bell metal choice. All large wind chime metals will degrade over time in their own special way so you get to choose the flavor here of how you want things to degrade over time. Big Aluminum wind chimes might possibly, indeed, also sound better than large copper wind chimes or extra large steel wind chimes. The cost for big aluminum wind chimes is right in the middle between large copper wind chimes and large steel wind chimes. There are some who have the budget to get elaborate with large aluminum wind chime yard art and we can also have the aluminum anodized to just about any color under the rainbow. Aluminum would make some very cool wind chimes. Aluminum wind chime tubes or bells are the middle ground as far as cost is concerned. 
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Copper Wind Chimes – Copper wind chime parts is a excellent metal choice for making big wind chime lawn, garden, and yard art, possibly more so than for large aluminum wind chimes or large steel wind chimes. Copper makes an excellent wind chime tube or bell. I love copper as a large wind chime metal choice for several reasons. Copper is available in several wall thickness’ K L and M and we only need the more thinner of the two for right now, K and L, that is reason number one, we have wall thickness choices in using copper for wind chimes and this affect the large wind chime sound making them deep and rich, gotta love it! Reason number two, extra large copper wind chimes age very well as unfinished copper changes from  a rich deep amber into many shades of green over time. This is the ultimate in yard art ideas for your beautiful trees. Copper is probably the most expensive choice for wind chime tubes and/or bells. 

Galvanized Steel Wind Chimes – Galvanized Steel for wind chime tubes and bells is a excellent wind chime idea for making large wind chimes is not a bad choice by any means and is a very good wind chime idea when you are making big wind chimes or large wind chimes. The extra large wind chime set in the image below is galvanized steel and is now about three years old. There is not one spot of rust anywhere on these extra large wind chimes and honestly, I am very surprised at the performance in the weather. I expected more rust. Galvanized Steel is the lowest cost large wind chime metal when compared to Aluminum for big wind chimes or Copper for extra large wind chimes. 
Stainless Steel Wind Chimes – One of thee best metals for making wind chimes. I wish I could afford to use it more often because I think it is one of the best metals for making wind chimes. Stainless steel wind chimes have some very specific properties to them that belong to no other wind chime metal choice. First, you can use an ultra thin side wall and still get a great tone, a very low tone bass wind chime. Remember, the larger the diameter AND the longer the pipe equals a lower bass tone. Two – Stainless steel will polish up to a mirror finish and hold that finish for a very long time in most if not all weather conditions. Stainless steel is the most difficult to cut and drill so have plenty of patience, along with extra blades for cutting and drill bits for making axel ports. Stainless steel will probably cost more than any other metal choice. And it’s high nickel content will also make it thee most difficult metal to work with, and yet the results will be worth it if you can afford it and have the patience to work WITH it. 
Update – for anyone wanting to know how to make wind chimes at home, unique wind chimes… EMT electrical metallic tubing seems to be the way to go when you are learning how to make wind chimes tubes and bells. It is cheap, the sound is very nice, and once you get a feel for what you are doing, you can get exotic with the metals later on once you have made your mistakes in the learning process of making large wind chime tubes and bells. And believe me, I have made a ton of mistakes over the years, I’m trying to save you some trouble here on this web-site. I love making large wind chimes at home.
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