Fine glass from many sources. Driftwood from the freezing lakes
of Michigan and beachwood from the sunny shores of Florida. Hand-picked
beads from exotic places. Add a breeze from anywhere, and your Windsong
springs to life...
Care of a Windsong
To obtain the best sound from your Windsong, it is important that the
glass hang freely from very end of the line. The loop at the end of the
line, being a friendly sort, likes to go sliding up the line and socialize
with the knot or the beads. This will impact both the way the glass hangs
and how easily it can catch the breeze and sing. So periodically you may
want to check your lines to make sure the loop is sitting right on top of
the glass and holding the line, the line moves up in a straight line from
the hole in the glass, into the knot, and on up into the beads - like this:
and not like this:
The tiny bead that sits on top of the knot in the line can slip in transit.
If you find the tiny bead is sitting directly on top of the glass, simply
slide the bead back up over the knot to its rightful place. You may want to
adjust the knot slightly to keep that wayward bead where it belongs.
The glass is frequently beautiful on both sides, but if you have a
side-preference, you can twist the line around through the wood to make the
side you prefer face you.
The Windsongs love the light, and they love to sing. Over the years I have
had my Windsongs hanging where they were subject to very strong winds,
and every one made it through intact. Having survived life in a wind-tunnel
of an art gallery, where every passing breeze could take your hat off, I now
like to keep mine in a place where they are protected from severe weather -
on the screen porch, hanging in the windows, etc. - places where they can
enjoy the sunshine, while I delight in their song as well as their soaring,
All glass is potentially breakable and sharp. Treat your Windsong as you
would any other piece of fine glass. Likewise, even though they've been
through many a stiff wind without breakage, it's always a possibility if the
weather gets too rough. And don't forget, windchimes of all types are
intended to be heard, not handled - even with all due care in creation and
handling, sharp edges can occur. Along with its love of light and its
readiness to sing, that's just how glass is.