How to Restring Your Windchimes
Hi guys, I’m going to be doing something kinda out of the ordinary…I will be restringing one of my old windchimes! It’s messed up in a few places and I don’t know how long I have had it, but it’s an ongoing problem…probably caused by bad weather off and on.
A couple of the metal tubes have fallen off (thankfully I have found them) which is telling me it’s time for a makeover. The hanger part is rusty too, and I plan to replace that as well. Not only am I going to restring it, I’m going to add some pretty beads too – going to be a total upcycle here!
If you have experienced something similar, let’s fix that thing up! A traditional round set of chimes with all the pretty metal tubes can be restrung easily if you take it one piece at a time.
First thing to do, take a picture of your chimes. I did this so I could see how all the parts should fit together just like reverse engineering. This design is more intricate than this design with them all in a straight line .
Second – Wash or clean off your chimes. I just immersed the whole thing in some water and a little squirt of Dawn. I rinsed them off and let them hang over a bucket in the laundry room to dry before tackling the job.
Cut the old strings….Whatever’s left, just cut them and arrange the decorative parts on something like a towel.
What to Use to Restring Your Chimes?
Me, I will be using some fishing line. I have always turned to fishing line for stringing beads, jewelry, you name it. It’s ironic though, as I’ve been on very few actual fishing trips hahaha. But it seems like every type of thread I’ve used in the past has let me down in some way – too fragile, not thin enough to work.
Fishing line comes in a range of sizes, kind of like craft wire, but it’s got that common denominator of being skinny and strong. I use “6 pound” (which I think means will support six pounds – in this case, beads dangles and metal tubes.)
Restringing the Top
First, cut four equal pieces of your chosen material; cord/fishing line, etc., and tie each one strategically around the circle (left image)
When you have tied all four new threads on, I recommend adding something decorative to spice it up a little, like some beads, either the ones that originally were included or new altogether. When you have all four, gather them all in one cluster in the middle, and tie in a knot to secure it.
How To Restring – Metal Tubes
Grab your first metal tube and thread the twine/line through the opening in the metal tubes and pull both ends out – then tie a knot above the top of the tube. Make sure it’s got enough “slack” in it to move around freely. Repeat with the other metal tubes.
Next comes the part of wrapping the strand around this little round piece that all the tubes hang from. Notice how it has little bitty holes all around it in a pattern? Four tubes, and there are eight holes in it, so the thread can go through two holes securely.
Thread the line that is holding the tube through two holes in the ring whatchamacalit…..try to raise it up to a point where the tube will be hanging freely. Tie a knot at this area. Repeat with the other tubes until they are all securely hanging from the ring.
The trick is to get them all hanging straight and not have one of them hanging too low (in my opinion) Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it – Tip: If you’re using fishing line, make a single loose knot at the correct place, whenever you determine it will hang correctly then double it and make a tighter knot to secure it.
When you’ve got all four tubes secure on the ring, gather all of the loose thread together and knot it off. (make several tie offs to be sure.
You may have a good length of loose thread by this point. Consider adding some pretty embellishments like stringing some beads on, like I’m doing.
All the tubes in the middle are connected to a focal point, mine came with a little flower thingy. I’m taking mine and adding more beads…now I’m tieing it to the ring/tubes.
Sometimes I hate it when I see all that end tie off that’s hanging past the knot…I never want to cut it off right at the knot..but I’ve got an ace up my sleeve. I take some of my crafting wire and wrap it around it to hide it. Give this a try…it works really well keeping that thread overhang from showing!
When you’re satisfied that it looks good and will withstand stress, it’s ready to hang back outdoors! I created a hanger out of my wire to replace the old one that was rusted.
It’s my hope this new work will lead to this thing being much better able to withstand whatever the outdoors can throw its way.
Good luck to you!