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Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:09 pm
by bothofushk
Hi all,,I have been making fused glass wind chimes for a long time,,I have always added the copper wire for hanging,,but just wondering if the sound would change IF I drilled a tiny hole in top and strung them that way..I dont want the change in sound but sometimes my copper wire "moves" alittle.. thanks to all

bothofushk

Re: Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:55 pm
by Jeanne
I don't know what the sound of the chimes is when you hang them from copper wire but when you drill through the glass, the sound is the same as if you are clinking glass together. The smaller the chime pieces, the lighter the sound (like toasting with crystal glasses).

Re: Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:11 pm
by bob proulx
I like drilling my chimes. I do find it does change the sound and it does look more authentic. That is just my opinion, but I do sell a lot of them.
Bob

Re: Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:24 am
by bothofushk
thanks Bob,,your chimes are beautiful..I put mine in the kiln last nite..always fun to open it and see them..I am going to drill them today..

bothofushk

Re: Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:50 am
by bob proulx
bothofushk wrote:thanks Bob,,your chimes are beautiful..I put mine in the kiln last nite..always fun to open it and see them..I am going to drill them today..

bothofushk

Your welcome, post a picture when they are done.
Bob

Re: Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:46 pm
by Mike Jordan
Do you tune your glass for the wind chimes? I started working on making a glass xylophone and as I got into finding out information about how the different bars are made to get the correct tone and pitch I found out quit a bit about how to "tune" them which also covered wind chimes. I since bought an inexpensive Korg Chromatic tuner that I've used to tell me what pitch the glass is based on it's length, width and thickness. What I found out about wind chimes was that you want to put the hole for the wire or string at the first overtone node point on the end which is suppose to be at 22.42% of the length from the end. If you put it closer or further away from the end it changes the sound length of the tone. When you get into the technical side of making wind chimes and xylophones it's pretty interesting (I'm a technical type person) even if I'm not musically inclined. My non-fused xylophone prototypes has shone me that I can cut glass strips that actually have a decent tone but I've not gone further with it since I've found to get them to sound right takes more than just measurements and a tuner to get them to sound correct when hit. But I've also been looking at doing tuned (or semi-tuned) glass wind chimes as well.

Mike

Re: Drilling or Adding copper wire???

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:40 pm
by bothofushk
Hi all,,I am uploading of my chimes I made for a client...very normal not very artistic but pretty none the less and they sound great..dont know whether I will continue to drill or not..thanks for looking

bothofushk