The first wind chimes appeared in China thousands of years ago. People claim that the sound of a wind chime outside their bedroom window or in their garden brings them a feeling of calm and peaceful well-being. Copper, brass, aluminium and stainless steel are metals used for making tubular wind chimes. Each metal has its own look and sound.
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Copper is the least expensive of the four metals used to make wind chimes. If not weatherproofed, aged copper has a verdigris (muted blue-green) patina. Copper can be oxidised by metalworkers to create bright colours other than the red-orange of copper. A copper wind chime may sound differently if it's allowed to become tarnished. A weatherproof coating is a good way to assure that your copper wind chime will keep its look and sound.
Although tempered aluminium is the most expensive metal to use, it is a popular choice for making metal wind chimes. Some artisans use this metal exclusively, in part because it's easy to work with, and because it tunes precisely to a wide range of pitches. Anodised aluminium will not rust.
Stainless steel is not the metal of choice for the musical component of a wind chime due to its duller tone. The top ring of a wind chime can be made of a heavy gauge stainless steel, however, and will last forever.
Brass gives a metal wind chime an attractive look and sound. Brass is easy to work with and is often used to form part of a wind chime. It is often seen as the musical component in smaller wind chimes.
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