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.
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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