Outdoor Wind Chimes

Wind chimes can transform a simple breath of wind into an impromptu melody.

I've always enjoyed the harmonic and resonating sounds created by a quality set of wind chimes.

As a wedding gift, my husband bought me a beautiful set of tuned Corinthian wind chimes. He had them carefully and beautifully wrapped and presented to me the day before we were to be married. It was the most wonderful gift. This set the precedent for all future gift-giving between he and I.

I want to introduce you to some beautiful wind chimes I'm sure you'll enjoy. It is believed by some that wind chimes ward off evil spirits and bring health, wealth and happiness to anyone fortunate enough to hear it's soothing sounds.

Winchimes (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
Winchimes (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Types of Outdoor Wind Chimes

Metal wind chimes are the most common and the most durable. Many of the metal windchimes are powder coated and come in a variety of colors.

Bamboo wind chimes provide a hollow exotic sound that some people prefer.

Glass wind chimes come in an array of colors but are obviously more prone to breakage.

Wind chime manfucturers have tried to combine the consumer's interest in collectibles with their love for wind chimes by creating mobiles made out of anything and everything collectible. You can find wind chimes made out of collectible spoons, or seashells or shapes of frogs, dragonflies, flowers, bees, etc. The possibilities are endless. Although I don't particularly deem "anything you can dangle from a string and make clank together" a wind chime, I do appreciate the creativity of the these types of wind chimes.

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago

I am a MAJOR LOVER of windchimes. And fall is so great for them, with all the wind and everything, spring too. Okay, fall and winter as well, but that's it! lol Enjoyed the vid.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Me too, Frieda! I leave mine up year around. I have three sets now with my sights on several more. He really spoiled with the first set...they were really expensive and it's hard to settle for the little tinkling ones now. I don't have a bamboo set yet, so I think those will be the next ones I buy.

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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Windchimes that are melodic are awesome! I have a variety. I like this hub!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks IslandVoice! I enjoy the melodies too!

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I have a few wind chimes around my garden and love them. The tinkling noise when a breeze blows past is so delicate with some chimes.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

We have a small set that we purchased two of when we bought them so that we could send one to his parents in England. It's nice knowing they listen to the same tinkling as we do, but miles apart. Thanks for stopping by Ethel!

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SunShineSnow 7 years ago from Texas

Love the many different chimes, the biggest problem is deciding which one I want. I usually end up with more than one.

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love the wind chimes but think I should bring them in for the winter so they last longer. I've had the strings break and can never repair them right.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

We have brought some of ours in for the winter too.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

There I a wind chime factory in out tiny county that ships tuned chimes all around the world. (Grace Note Chimes)I did a newspaper feature about them once. The owner is a musician and was originally annoyed by the mis-tuned windchimes he had heard. His are very melodic.

They look quite similar to the ones in your top photo.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

The ones in the photo are very similar to the ones I have that are tuned except mine are powder coated a teal color. I agree with the owner you mentioned, I think they should be melodic, not clanky.

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Hi-Jinks 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I like the idea of wind chimes, but be mindful that the natural noise of trees leaves and birds are part of the environment. Hearing my neighbors garbage can lids banging like wind chimes does not make for a restful sleep.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Hi-Jinks. I guess it depends on the windchimes because I find the ones I have to be very soothing and easy to go to sleep to.

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kmartel 6 years ago from Quebec, CANADA

Being a designer and creator of stained glass wind chimes myself, I have to disagree that glass chimes are OBVIOUSLY more prone to breakage. Having worked in stained glass for the last 15 years, I used stained glass to make my chimes. Stained glass is much more resistant, tempered and very hard to break. Most of the glass I use is quite hard and rarely have they broken, except in extreme cases (I had one bird feeder chime fall several feet onto a cement block after a squirel knocked it off it's hook, only a piece of the long, thin pearlescent glass I used to make it actually broke, the other glass pieces suffered no harm. Another chime, I hung too close to a metal torch and when a strong storm blew in, it banged against the torch, breaking a small piece of the end. Another chime I had, also broke a small piece off an elongated one after I had forgotten to take it in during a winter storm 2 weeks ago, 120km winds were blowing and it dropped to -21Celcius with the wind chill..it was blowing horizontally and hit the edge of the soffit siding of the house. I also lost some vinyl siding on the house that same day and the cover flew off my spa and ended up 500 feet away in the woods!!...all my other outdoor chimes stayed intact. Even in cold temperatures, the glass is very hardy and they have withstood the test of extreme temperatures!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you KMartel for your perspective on the durability of glass windchimes.

Ken 5 years ago

Hi, Many of my wind chime strings are broken. anyone have suggestions of what type of string to use, being that they are outside for all four seasons. Thank You

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