How do wind chimes make music?
Wind chimes are made of objects that make interesting sounds when the wind causes them to bump into each other.
Sounds are made when things vibrate, which means to move back and forth. The sound of wind chimes is not that the hanging objects swing back and forth. Instead, like the sound produced when a drum is struck, the sound from wind chimes is produced when the objects strike each other.
Make your own wind chimes by following these steps.
1. Tie one 12-in (30-cm) piece of piece to each of 4 or more metal spoons.
2. Tie the free end of the strings to a metal jar ring or small embroidery hoop. The spoons should hang so that they can easily bump into each other.
3. Tie a string on opposite sides of the ring to hang the chimes with.
4. Before hanging the chimes outdoors, test them by blowing on the spoons. Reposition the spoons and/or add more spoons if the musical sounds are not what you want.
5. Hang the spoon chimes outdoors.