Make Your Own Pipe Chimes

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Pipe Chime Measurements Cut List

(*) The distance the hole is from the top (where the chime is held) isn’t super critical but if drilled at the listed distance it can help improve your chime sound as it allows for maximum free vibration based on the frequency of that note.

The concept behind making your own pipe chime set may actually be easier than you might think.  It may, however, take you longer than you had hoped to make sure they are done right. Below are a set of instructions to make 23 pipes (#0-22).  You can easily get all 23 pipe chimes out of the materials specified below.

Materials:

  • 1/2” standard steel electrical conduit (outside diameter = 11/16”), you’ll need a quantity of two 10’ pipes to get pipes 0-22
  • Something to hold chimes: string, ribbon, leather cord, boondoggle, etc.

Tools:

Tip:  Being as accurate as  you can while marking your measurements and cutting your pipe chimes will help keep your set sounding in tune.  Keep in mind this is not a professional set and even the wall thickness of the conduit varies slightly so you might hear a few notes that are slightly off.

 

Be sure to check out our pipe chime playing tips and how to play handheld pipe chimes pages for more information on how to best use your set.

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Make Your Own Pipe Chime Bag

Making a pipe chime carrying or storage bag is simple and easy to do.  Only a small amount of fabric, ribbon and thread is required with no special or complicated stitches  and can easily be done on a basic sewing machine with basic sewing knowledge. You can even put your own twist on it and make it truly your own with colorful fabrics, thread, ribbons buttons, etc.

Pipe Chime BagHaving somewhere to store and transport all your pipe chimes is wonderful to have and now you can do it yourself with this custom carrying bag.

If you’d rather purchase a pre-made pipe chime bag, you can pick one up for only $5.

Download these free pipe chime carrying bag instructions.

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