Imagine sitting in your favorite patio chair, letting the sun hit your skin and the breeze cool you down at the same time.
Meanwhile, the gentle sound of the wind chimes starts. You start to relax deeply, getting into an almost profound sleep state in seconds.
That sounds amazing, right?
That’s only possible when you have fully functional wind chimes. If even the slightest of issues arises, like a broken string or loosen knot, then a wind chime’s relaxing sound won’t be the same. Sitting on your patio won’t be as amenable as it could be.
That’s why learning how to restring wind chimes can be a patio-saving experience. Here, we want to teach you that. Take a look!
Why Should You Restring Old Wind Chimes?
It is not uncommon for a wind chime to stop working.
Sometimes, it is because strong winds snap it right off. It could also be cold temperatures freezing the string and breaking it. And in some cases, a simple tangled string could become an impossible-to-untangle knot. Generally, though, it is time that slowly wears the line down until it breaks.
When either of these things happens, you’ll have to fix it to enjoy the chiming sound again. For that, the only solution is restringing.
Here are a few extra benefits of restringing:
- Prevents breakage after or before extreme temperatures
- Avoids the chimes from falling if the string ever breaks
- Keeps you from buying a new set of wind chimes
- Renews the wind-chime sound
- Makes it last longer
So, are you convinced that restringing old or broken wind chimes? If that’s the case – follow the steps below:
How to Restring Wind Chimes in 8 Steps
1. Pick the Ideal String
Wind chimes are often light and don’t require much strength from the string. Yet, you want them to last – so you’ll be better off with a quality string.
That’s why we recommend sturdy and reliable options. Here are a few of them:
Polyester Fabric – Ideal for elasticity and cheapness, polyester can handle strong winds and cold temps without problems.
Nylon Cord – More flexible than polyester and more waterproof as well, nylon can handle temperature changes. It is a bit more expensive.
Fishing Line – It is an entirely synthetic material, often plastics like nylon and polyethylene. Monofilament options are better for their thin diameter. More long-lasting and resistant, but also more expensive.
Be aware that wind chimes often come with natural fibers, like cotton or yarn. These are not worth it for restringing, mainly because they wear out fast.
2. Remove the Old Strings
With the ideal type of thread ready, you first need to destring the wind chimes. Get all the broken, frayed, or simply worn-out string out.
Do this by placing the chime on a flat surface and slowly pulling the thread. If there are knots, cut them off with scissors.
It’s always worth replacing the whole thread for better results. Replacing just a section can be problematic, especially if the string is several years old.
3. Organize the Chime Parts
After taking the old thread out, place all the chiming pieces in order. Because the tubes and/or chiming parts are not attached to the ornaments, you should reorganize everything.
Most chimes come with a ring in the center, a top section, a ring or ball in the center, and the chiming cylinders that hit the ball. That’s the way you should place the pieces in a flat area.
This will make it easy to restring later on. Especially for wind chimes with more than 10 pieces, you’ll find the organization to be super-helpful.
4. Measure the New String
With everything well-organized on a table, it is time to arrange every piece in order. This will help you measure the new thread using a needle.
Hook the thread on the needle, and then use the needle to attach everything together. Most wind chime pieces come with holes where you can pass the needle through.
The focus is to calculate the string in a way that every piece is at the right level. More importantly, everything should look symmetrical and balanced.
Once you’ve passed the string through, you can see where to cut it. Use the scissors accordingly.
5. Restring the Chimes Together
Now the new thread is ready for restringing. You should have at least 2 or 3 lines recently cut. With them, you’ll have to pass everything through the chimes.
Here, you need to start by the base or top portion of the chime. It is vital to secure this part before stringing the rest.
Once again, check that everything is symmetrical and balanced. With that ready, start knotting the thread.
6. Knit Everything
Creating knots that can handle a wind chime is not much of a problem. However, you may feel a bit overwhelmed, considering most threads are thin and hard to grasp. Apart from that, you may not know what type of knot to use.
Either way, here’s a list of knots to try with their respective steps to follow:
Also known as the Salmon knot, it is often used in fishing. The strength it offers is next to none. Here’s how to make it:
- Pass the needle with the thread across the hole of the piece.
- Proceed to wrap the loose end around the line. Do this 4 to 8 times.
- Now grab the end again and pass it through the loop created after crossing the piece.
- Finish by grabbing both ends and pushing. This should tighten the piece.
The last part is often cutting the line. You may want to melt the thread to prevent the knot from loosening over time.
A low-profile alternative, the palomar knot secures each piece tightly and still occupies little space. Follow these tips:
- Fold the thread you’re using close to the end. You should end up with a loop.
- Now grab this loop and insert it on the piece you want to secure.
- When the loop goes through the whole, then create another circle with the double line.
- Grab the double-line end and make an overhand loop. Tighten it up.
Once again, you can always trim any thread excess with scissors. The focus is to make it as low-profile as possible. Melt the line so it doesn’t loosen up over time.
7. Tighten and Tune In
Once all the knots are adjusted, and the wind chime can stand by itself, check that it is balanced and symmetrical.
You may need to loosen and reknot some parts in here. After balancing it out and making it look as it should, you should tighten everything up.
Now test the wind chimes again. This time, grab the top with your hand and let it hang. Use a fan to check whether it sounds well. If the banging sounds muffled or not as loud as they should, then you may want to loosen and reorganize everything as needed.
Finish by tightening everything up once you achieve the proper chime.
8. Hang Them
The last step is to hang the wind chimes on the desired location. We recommend hanging on beams, preferably in enclosed patios. If the patio has no beams, find a sturdy area where you can attach it. Otherwise, attach a hook to the ceiling and hang it from there.
Once the wind chime is hanging, then you’re done. It’s time to enjoy your renewed wind chimes!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The guide above is for restringing wind chimes. However, we don’t answer commo doubts like these:
How can I protect a wind chime from string damage?
If you don’t want to restring a wind chime for a long time, preventing any damage on the thread would be the obvious way to go.
For that, we recommend doing this:
- Keep the wind chimes in a place with soft winds. Don’t let it outside unless you live in a rarely windy area.
- Don’t let the string receive too much sun. UV rays cause damage to most strings, even if they’re synthetic, causing them to wear out over time.
- The chime should be in an open area nonetheless. This means no doors, people, or constant artificial moving. The only thing that should move the chimes should be the wind.
- Don’t pull or let anyone else pull the wind chimes. Even with synthetic threads, you want to prevent unnecessary strain on the string.
As an additional recommendation, try to keep the wind chimes clean. Buildup, especially when it comes to rust, may eventually affect the string. As an extra, cleaning it consistently will make it look better.
Can I hang chimes from a tree?
But it is wise to know that trees are often exposed to stronger winds and more weather conditions. This includes everything from rains to a lot of sun exposure, harsh winds, and more. Also, it will put the wind chimes closer to animals that may find it annoying.
Overall, though, it should be no problem. You can hang it anywhere as long as it is firmly anchored.
Is it possible to prevent wind chimes from tangling?
Yes, you can keep the chimes from tangling by using weights. The weight should be enough for the string to stay tense most of the time and light enough to prevent the string from breaking.
The added weight will keep the chimes moving with the wind, but not enough to get tangled. However, strong winds and unusual conditions may still tangle the string.
Learning to restring wind chimes shouldn’t be much of a problem. While it may require a bit of patience and care, it is nothing impossible.
The important part is how much it will help you. Once you start listening to the chiming sound again while lying on your favorite hammock – you’ll know you did a great job.
So, is your wind chime in need of some maintenance? Use our guide above and renew it. You won’t regret it!